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Carneros Business Condominiums
1620 Carneros Meadows Lane, Sonoma
Owner: Carneros Business Condominiums LLC
Developers: William A. Saks & Company, St. Helena, and McDevitt & McDevitt Construction Corp., Petaluma
Description: 43,000-square-foot concrete tilt-up building on 3.24 acres. The building has 41 fully insulated office-warehouse units, ranging in size from 769 to 1562 square feet, and units can be combined into larger spaces. Units have ample parking and glazing.
Completion: December 2008
Architecture: building – Del Starrett Architect, Santa Rosa; landscape – Parker Smith, Sebastopol
General contractor: McDevitt & McDevitt
Engineering: civil – Bedford/Associates, Santa Rosa; structural – ATM Engineering, Rancho Cordova; electrical – Ray Slaughter & Associates, Petaluma; other – Baechtel Hudis
Lender: Sonoma Valley Bank
Project cost: $8.5 million
Asking prices per square foot: ranges from $194 to $262
Real estate representation: William A. Saks & Company
Bill Saks brought together Willie McDevitt and Ed Brush, owners of Petaluma-based commercial general contractor McDevitt & McDevitt, and 10 other investors to build the industrial condominiums, which they call “iCondos.” It’s the first project to be built in the 53-acre Carneros Business Park.
Approval of the business park in 2006 took several years because of environmental and other regulatory issues, some of which were resolved with the installation of a large “bioswale,” or grass-lined pond, to naturally filter rainwater runoff.
The condo project also encountered challenges in permit processing, such as traffic mitigation fees. However, surmounting those matters could ease evaluation of future projects in the park, such as Ganau America’s planned expansion of its wine cork finishing facility, according to Mr. Saks.