Written by Kaytlyn Leslie for The Tribune, June 13, 2024

That massive vacant space on a busy corner of downtown San Luis Obispo — which has been home to numerous ill-fated and unsuccessful development plans in the past decade — finally has a tenant.

Cal Poly said the purpose of the move was “enhancing the campus community, expanding the university’s role in developing innovators and entrepreneurs and furthering regional economic development.” “We are thrilled to announce the development of our new downtown location, which will serve as a catalyst for regional innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development,” Karen Tillman, interim executive director of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, said in a news release. “This space will bring together students, entrepreneurs and community partners to create new opportunities and support the next generation of innovators and helping to build a stronger, more vibrant Central Coast.”