Atascadero’s small-town days may be numbered.
The city of 28,000 people has several large developments in the pipeline, including its $13 million Colony Square project, which would bring 14,000 square feet of retail space and 10 movie screens to the currently theater-less city.
Plans for a 130,000-square-foot Wal-Mart are about halfway through the environmental review process and a 21,000-square-foot shopping center is planned across the street.
But the city’s spotlight is on downtown Colony Square. “There’s a huge amount of buzz about this,” said Assistant City Manager Jim Lewis.