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Central Coast Voices: The Atascadero Printery—reclaim, rehabilitate and repurpose


The Atascadero Printery, a 100-year-old structure that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, stood vacant and vandalized until recently, when the Atascadero Printery Foundation formed through a grassroots movement to reclaim, rehabilitate and repurpose the historic building.


Today, through community collaboration with groups such as the Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC), plans are underway to turn the Printery—once the largest printing operation west of the Mississippi—into a preforming arts center, museum space, conference rooms and community meeting rooms.

Join Fred Munroeas he speaks with guests Jim Dewing, president with the Atascadero Printery Foundation (APF); Karen McNamara, vice president with the APF; and Barbie Butz, president of the Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC) and board member with APF, as they discuss how community groups are coming together to restore this vital piece of the city’s history, as well as provide a multifunctional, community-use facility for all to enjoy.

Broadcast date: 2/6/2020

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Fred Munroe is a co-host of the KCBX talk show Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday afternoon from 1:00-2:00. Fred has successfully divided his time as a local entrepreneur, political leader, and communicator. He owns and manages two local firms addressing personal travel planning and public transportation; Travel With Fred and Ridership Development Consultants.