Yardbirds founders envision transit-tied project for RP site

[caption id="attachment_11674" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="An architectural rendering by MBH of Alameda of potential redevelopment of the former Yardbirds site in Rohnert Park into a mixed-use development designed to support the proposed Sonoma Marin Area Train station for the city"][/caption]

ROHNERT PARK - The family that started the Yardbirds chain of home-improvement stores wants to redevelop the shuttered Rohnert Park store as a transit-oriented, mixed-use development associated with a planned train station nearby.

The Headley family has approached the city about transforming the 8.2-acre location at 5300 Commerce Blvd. into a mixed-use community.

In architectural site plans and drawings by MBH, the family envisions 38,000 square feet of retail space at the corner of Commerce and Cascade Court and 102 townhomes stretching back to the railroad tracks. Parking for the homes would be under the units, half below grade.

"I advised my clients some years ago that this property has great potential; it fronts on Commerce and has great freeway visibility," said Bert Bangsberg, a Santa Rosa-based corporate real estate consultant to Headley Properties LLC for 15 years.

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