Archive for the ‘Zoning/Land Use’ category

New Whole Foods to Herald Coddingtown Changes?

May 12, 2007

The Press Democrat reports that Whole Foods Market, the nation’s largest organic grocer, plans to open a second Santa Rosa store at Coddingtown Mall in the 50,000 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by Ralph’s. The new store, expected to open in the fall of 2008, will be twice the size of Whole Foods’ existing Santa Rosa location on Yulupa Avenue.

Brad Baker, president of Codding Investments, which in 2005 sold half its interest in the mall to Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest mall developer, said he hopes the addition of Whole Foods will convince Simon to move forward on a major facelift for the mall, which opened in 1962.

One preliminary version submitted to Santa Rosa officials called for an $85 million facelift that included a $27 million parking garage, a fourth anchor store, renovation of 225,000 square feet of the mall and the addition of 50,000 square feet of smaller retail shops.


SRJC Culinary Arts School Building

May 2, 2007

Someday, we may have a wonderful culinary arts school and bakery in our neighborhood! About 20 JC neighbors met with SRJC staff April 20th for a “scoping” session to unveil their tentative plans and seek input from the neighborhoods on siting and design.

According to Curt Groninga, Vice President of Administrative Services, SRJC is quite appreciative of the community attendance and participation.  It was helpful in that it will help guide the College in its decision making relevant to siting the Culinary Arts/Mixed Use Facility on one of the District’s properties.  A number of people volunteered to write a letter in support of the Mendocino/Carr site and if you still wish to, please address your letter or comments to either Dr. Robert F. Agrella, President, SRJC or myself.

The College and its consultants received a lot of worthwhile information (though at times divergent views) regarding aesthetics, siting, setbacks, the number of  levels (1 to 3) as well as a number of suggestions to acquire additional property to better accomodate the siting of the facility fronting Mendocino. The Board of Trustees will soon decide on the location at its Board meeting.  Irrespective of where the project is located, the College does intend to establish a project web page relevant to its planning.  Once that is established I will contact you with the appropriate URL.

Long’s Expansion Plans – Public Meeting May 8

May 2, 2007

Long’s will be holding a neighborhood meeting to review their plans to add 6,000 sq. ft. of new building on the existing property and to remodel the existing drug store. The new building will house up to three small scale community businesses. JCNA, other neighborhoods, and creek stewardship and LandPaths representatives have been meeting with the developer to recommend sustainable landscaping and bicycle and pedestrian friendly design. We have shared ideas from Portland, 1, 2, 3.

If you could please attend this meeting, it will send a loud message to Long’s and the city that our neighborhood really wants to create a special place here. Long’s own motto certainly supports our ideas! They are selling reusable shopping bags for .99 that say: “WE’RE ALL IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TOGETHER. Protecting The Earth Starts In Your Own Neighborhood.” Bring one of this bags to this meeting and lets hold Longs to their word.

One item we are requesting Long do is some how acknowledge with some art that Poppy Creek flows through a culvert under their parking lot.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 8 at 7 pm in Room 7 at City Hall (100 Santa Rosa Avenue, at corner of Santa Rosa Avenue and First Street).

Should you have and questions or comments, contact Longs Drug Stores
Inc.#39, the applicant, at (925) 296-7919, or Gillian Hayes, the project
Planner at or (707) 543-4348.

Changes at Long’s

February 10, 2007

Long’s would like to sell half an acre on Steele Ln. and have 3 new stores developed. The Association has asked for them to open up part of Poppy Creek where it goes under the parking lot; that the access to Longs be more pedestrian friendly; that they develop more efficient lighting and more bicycle parking. Longs has committed to landscaping the parking lot. Plans are also on the table for a drive-through pharmacy. Members of the NJCNA and Landpaths have met with Longs concerning the opening of the creek – a process known as “daylighting.”