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Santa Rosa’s AT&T building being revamped for new tenants (w/video)

Demolition began this week on the former AT&T building in Santa Rosa, the first step in a long-awaited effort to redevelop the vacant downtown eyesore into a glass-clad office building.

Work to start soon on Museum on the Square in Santa Rosa

Construction is to begin soon on the long-delayed Museum on the Square project, which even in its scaled-back form is expected to stimulate revitalization of downtown Santa Rosa.

City building officials issued a permit last week for the project, which promises to transform the vacant former AT&T building into a glass-clad office building and wine museum.

Developer Hugh Futrell signed closing documents on his $11 million construction loan Friday afternoon and expects work on the interior of the building to begin this month, he said.

Santa Rosa council signs off on Museum on the Square revision

The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously approved the latest redesign of the Museum on the Square project with little discussion Tuesday.

Sonoma County Museum pulls out of Museum on the Square project in Santa Rosa

First it lost its top five stories. Now Santa Rosa’s Museum on the Square project has lost its museum. The Sonoma County Museum announced Tuesday it was backing out of the long-delayed effort to renovate the former AT&T building downtown.

Santa Rosa council approves scaled back Museum on the Square project

Though disappointed to see the top five stories disappear, Santa Rosa City Council members unanimously supported a scaled back version of the Museum on the Square project Tuesday.

Residential component dropped from proposal for Santa Rosa’s former AT&T building

A downtown developer is downsizing his plans for the former AT&T building in Santa Rosa because he’s under the gun to get the long-delayed project moving this summer.

Santa Rosa’s Museum on the Square project gets another extension

The Santa Rosa City Council this week granted a fourth contract extension to a developer hoping to construct a 10-story mixed-use tower downtown. Hugh Futrell and partners will now have until the end of 2013 to close escrow on the city-owned former AT&T building.

Santa Rosa’s ‘Museum on the Square’ delayed again

New state rules clarifying the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies could save Santa Rosa $7 million, but they also may force further delay in the ballyhooed Museum on the Square project. The upside for the city, which like hundreds of others around the state saw its redevelopment agency dissolved in February, is that it now has a path to recoup $7 million in loans it made to the agency.

Santa Rosa’s ‘Museum on the Square’ facing another setback

The plan to turn a city-owned eyesore into a mixed-use downtown tower faces yet another setback. The Museum on the Square project proposed for the long-vacant former AT&T building on Old Courthouse Square will need another six-month extension from the city to give the much-anticipated deal more time to close escrow. If approved by the City Council, it would be the third extension granted for the $1.9 million sale agreement between the city and the project’s developer, The Hugh Futrell Corp.

Courthouse Square reunification back on track

Santa Rosa continues to lay the groundwork for the reunification of Courthouse Square despite having neither wide public support for the project nor the $14 million to build it. The city’s budget woes have slowed the project, but the City Council remains committed to seeing it through. ““It is one of the council’s top priorities,” Councilman Scott Bartley says.

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