SANTA ROSA – The building currently occupied by Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village is slated to be torn down and replaced by a restaurant.
The bookstore will move to an 11,000-square-foot vacant space next to Ross.
The building is 11,200 square feet with Copperfield’s occupying 10,000 and Cold Stone Creamery occupying the other 1,200.
Tom Montan, chief executive officer of Copperfield’s Books, said it had signed a lease previously to move, but with the economy being down, had waited.
“It is not really an attractive building,” said David Codding, owner of Montgomery Village, of the 1950 structure to be demolished.
“It was the first building in the shopping center," he said.
Mr. Codding said he plans to mill the existing redwood and use it to construct the new building, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant, which will include a 1,000-square-foot glassed-in patio designed by Warren Hedgepeth Architects.
“There will be lots of glass, it will be very contemporary,” said Mr. Codding.
The only other tenant in the space to be torn down is Cold Stone Creamery. According to Mr. Codding, Cold Stone will move next to Round Table Pizza.
The parking, which is currently facing Montgomery Drive, will be on the other side facing the rest of the village.
“There will be more parking, and it will be a better layout,” said Mr. Codding.
In addition to having it be a better use of space, he said, there is a groundwater contamination issue that he will be able to take care of.
“When I built Exchange Bank, I tore down a cleaners,” he said. “I have to take the dirt out and do away with the contamination. This kills two birds with one stone.”
He is expecting the new restaurant will be the anchor of Montgomery Village. He is hoping to have the owners of KC’s Downtown Grill in Windsor sign on to the space.
David Culley, owner of KC’s, said he and his wife, Kathy, have the intent of signing the lease, but nothing has been formalized yet.
The project has been submitted for design review and will be discussed at the Dec. 17 Santa Rosa Design Review Board meeting.
The project is expected to run between $2 million and $3 million, and Mr. Codding said he said he is hoping to have the tenant open in one year.
Other than the Culleys, Mr. Codding has a few other restaurateurs in mind.
“I love Kathy and David, they have really good food, the service is really good and they are great people. They would have breakfast, lunch and dinner and a full bar,” he said.