SANTA ROSA - The North Bay, and Santa Rosa in particular, has been in need of a singular symbol of hope to counter the pervasive string of bad economic news. Funding just approved to jumpstart the visionary Railroad Square redevelopment project may be it.

After an 11-hour meeting Monday with state officials, the project received $11.4 million in highly competitive state Proposition 1C bond funding for transit-oriented infill projects. The Railroad Square mixed-use project with San Francisco-based John Stewart Co., the lead developer, also stands to receive $3.65 million in federal stimulus funding.

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