Several community groups are worried that a planned Dick’s Sporting Goods near Coddingtown Mall may make it harder to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Highway 101.
Santa Rosa’s Design Review Board on Thursday approved a smaller version of the Dick’s Sporting Goods that board members had earlier panned as over-the-top.
A Santa Rosa asphalt plant’s controversial plan to add three new 82-foot high silos was rejected Thursday night by the city’s Design Review Board.
On a 3-3 vote, the board denied the Bodean Company’s request for an exemption from the city’s typical height limit of 55 feet.
The company will appeal the decision to the City Council, general manager Bill Williams said.
Five months ago, David Codding’s plans for a new Boudin SF bakery at his Montgomery Village shopping center received a chilly reception from the Santa Rosa Design Review Board. Codding fumed. He called the process ‘a big waste of time,’ vowed not to make the suggested changes and suggested he would appeal directly to the City Council. Instead, Codding returned to the board Thursday with an apology and a completely new plan.
A redesigned proposal for a disputed CVS Pharmacy and Chase Bank branch at one of Sebastopol’s busiest intersections received a mixed reaction from the city’s Design Review Board. At least three of the five-member board said they felt the new proposal is a first step to a design that could get approved.
The developer of the controversial Sebastopol CVS Pharmacy-Chase Bank proposal is back with a third design aimed at quelling critics’ concerns. The latest design calls for a brick facade instead of quasi-industrial metal siding, shields parking from the street, has clear glass windows and scales down the buildings, including eliminating a portico. It is meant to be more pedestrian-friendly, with walkways, a plaza and trees and also address potential traffic issues.
The Sebastopol City Council reaffirmed its denial of the proposed CVS Pharmacy project Tuesday night, finding the project was out of sync with the city’s Main Street character. The council adopted a series of suggestions for design changes, should the developer decide to continue with the project. Was it the right call?
A more conservative remodeling of Santa Rosa Plaza won tentative approval from a city board Thursday but also criticism that it didn’t do enough to help bridge the barrier the mall creates between the east and west sides of downtown. Simon Property Group returned to the city’s Design Review Board on Thursday for feedback on what it called a ‘completely fresh’ approach to the facelift it wants to give the brick-covered mall, which opened in 1982.
The CVS and Chase buildings, which would look unlike any others in the nation, were designed by Sebastopol architect Kevin Kellogg. But after six hearings before the Design Review Board and two before the City Council, the project still didn’t pass muster. ‘Yes they came back many times, but the focus should be on how good can we get,’ said Lynn Deedler, design board vice chairman.
The Santa Rosa City Council has relieved the owner of Santa Rosa Plaza of a requirement to study ways of improving pedestrian access through the downtown mall. A divided council agreed late Tuesday night with its planning director and city attorney that it had been inappropriate for the city Design Review Board to make mall owner Simon Property Group do the study. Was it the right call?