The U.S. Green Building Council now has an office for its Redwood Empire chapter among about two dozen mostly renewable-resource clean-technology and other startups in Rohnert Park.

The council leased 600 square feet of office space in the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, a collection of startup companies in 30,000 square feet of renovated former Agilent Technologies space.

“It helps create a critical mass of companies working in the same area,” said cluster Executive Director Michael Newell.

The cluster is part of Codding Enterprises’ Sonoma Mountain Village redevelopment project, which is seeking council certification of the project’s green aspects and is one of six sites worldwide in the One Planet program.

"This is the spot in the North Bay for us," said chapter Executive Director Jon Nyberg. The office will have a resource library and meeting room for training.

He was hired last year part time but now is full time with a handful of volunteers. Plans for this year include increasing the council’s visibility in the North Coast up to the Oregon border. On the horizon is a goal of establishing branch offices in each of the counties served to provide local training and tours of council-certified projects.


Bill Rossi of William Rossi Construction wants to close out a 17-acre south Napa industrial condominium development with a 33,700-square-foot building at 55 Enterprise Court. The project would have up to nine units, with possible space combinations ranging from 1,000 to 15,000 square feet. Other approved features are 76 parking spaces, windows in the front and roll-up doors in the back and up to 30 percent office space.

Mr. Rossi submitted a project application to the city in September. It was approved in November and is in the plan-check phase. He’s deciding whether to move forward now with construction in a very slow leasing and sales market and save up to 20 percent in construction costs or wait until the economy improves.

"I wanted to be ready," he said.

Hedgpeth Architects of Santa Rosa designed the new building, as the firm did for the other four buildings totaling a half-million square feet that Mr. Rossi built there in the past five years. Marie Rossi of Rossi Realty in Napa is marketing the property.


The planned expansion of the asphalt plant in south Petaluma by The Dutra Group of San Rafael is set to be back before the Sonoma County Planning Commission on April 16, after being deferred at the March 5 meeting.


About four years after San Rafael Airport LLC, operator of Gnoss Field, proposed a 71,000-square-foot athletic center on airport grounds, a draft environmental impact report on the project was released. A Planning Commission hearing on the document is planned for April 28.

One of the report’s recommended conditions for the project to mitigate any impact on surrounding marshland is a June 15 to Sept. 1 window for construction. Airport manager and project manager Bob Herbst said that unless that condition could be changed, the project likely will take two years, one year for site work and the second year to erect the engineered-steel building.

Advocates of wildlife in nearby Galinas Creek have been strong opponents of the project, asserting among their concerns that noise from whistles and outdoor crowds at the facility would disturb wildlife and visitors to the creekside trails.

The main tenant in 44,000 square feet still is set to be Sports City, which has locations in Santa Rosa and Cotati.


G&C Autobody of Santa Rosa is looking to award a construction contract for its Windsor location by the end of this month, according to project manager Bud Vance. The project was set to start last year. G&C has been working out details with Caltrans for widening Old Redwood Highway at the north Windsor offramp from Highway 101.


Sonoma Warehousing Co., which owns industrial facilities and housing around Sonoma, acquired 4.71 acres at 1010 Napa Road, located near the intersection with the Eighth Street East industrial corridor, for $2.4 million. The land came with approved plans for Vineberg Light Industrial Park, a nearly 90,000-square-foot engineered-steel building with stucco facade and 100 parking spaces, according to Coldwell Banker/NRT agent Jeff Schween. He represented Sonoma Warehousing principals former Sonoma sporting-goods wholesaler Bob Smalley Jr. and Sonoma-based concrete contractor Charlie Webster in the January purchase from Gerald Barrick, a San Francisco resident represented by Mike Miller of Keegan & Coppin.

The new owners have overflow demand from their nearby properties – including a vehicle storage company, an assembler, light-duty manufacturers and a winery looking for barrel storage – and are looking to start construction this spring for occupancy in late summer.


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