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Cayucos Art Association Gallery Reopens

Though its home remains mostly closed, the Cayucos Art Association Gallery is once again open for business.

“The Cayucos Community Art Gallery has reopened after the gallery space was reinforced due to structural concerns found with the Veterans Building,” reads an announcement from the Association. “The gallery will remain open until the entire building is renovated, scheduled for 2019.”

The art gallery, which is located on the eastern side of the Cayucos Vet’s Hall, will be open daily except Tuesdays, from 1-4 p.m. See: Cayucosart.org for information on the Gallery.

The current exhibit features Cayucos Art Association members and runs now through Jan. 31. A new exhibit featuring Deborah Pepin opens Feb. 4. Call 995-2049.

The Vet’s Hall, which is located at the foot of the Cayucos Pier, was closed by SLO County in May 2016, after structural problems were discovered in the rear (west) end under the stage, and with the roof. The County has been working on what to do, hiring last year a firm to assess the damage and design a fix. The fix is expected to cost several million dollars.

Considered the heart of the Cayucos community, the Vet’s Hall, which is owned by the State Parks Dept., leased by County Parks, and operated by the Cayucos Lion’s Club, is host to several community events, such as the Sea Glass Festival, CSD and other community meetings, 4th of July Bingo and barbecue, countless wedding receptions and the Annual Portuguese Festival, which had been held annually for more than 80 years, but was canceled the past two.

Jeff Lee, SLO County’s architectural services and capital projects manager, said the County was able to shore up and reopen a conference room at the Vet’s Hall, in addition to the art gallery. Overall, though they continue to work through an extensive permitting process, as the Vet’s Hall is both an historic structure and located in the Coastal Zone.

“With respect to the overall project,” Lee said, “it continues to make progress with discussions with State Parks and the California Coastal Commission.”

The County set up a web page so residents can track progress on the fix, see: www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Current-Projects/Cayucos-Vets-Hall-Restoration.aspx.

The County is planning another town meeting to update residents on its progress. That meeting is currently set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, time and place to be announced. The preliminary design is planned to be ready for review at that meeting, and Lee said the County also wants to get feedback “on the most current schematic design (shown under the “Proposed Floor Plan” tab on the project webpage) and discuss budget and schedule moving forward,” Lee said.

The County put out a timeline last year that showed the repair job lasting well into 2020. That Timeline showed environmental review (both federal and state) taking until May 2018, and “funding determination” until January 2019. Actual construction was shown as May 2019-February 2020.

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