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G3 Enterprises Inc., a Gallo family wine packaging, warehousing and logistics company, wants to overhaul a 108-year-old former winery in Healdsburg as a two-story office building with 15,800 square feet for about 75 employees.
The city Planning Commission on March 23 is set to consider a mitigated negative declaration of environmental impact for rehabilitation of what’s known as the Oliveto winery at 845 Healdsburg Ave. as well as an application for design review and a variance for encroachment into the railroad right of way behind the building.
The comment period for the environmental document is Feb. 20 through March 20.
Lynn Goldberg, city planner in charge of current projects, said G3 hasn't noted what tenant would go into the building. The project is located in an area zoned for office uses.
The proposal calls for “adaptive reuse” to bring the building, much of which is said to be in “very poor condition,” up to modern standards such as the city’s new green-building ordinance and national guidelines for historic buildings, according to documents filed with the city. The winery building is said to be eligible for the National Registry but not listed.
Modesto-based G3 wants to install a new roof, copula and windows; strengthen the structure with second-floor beam and joist upgrades and reinforced concrete between and above the brick walls; remove part of the second floor for new stairs and a “light well” atrium; add new entrances around the building; create 79 parking spaces; and add period gutters and downspouts feeding to a stormwater-management system.
E&J Gallo Winery started leasing the 2.8-acre property in 1978 and purchased it in 1987, according to the project documents. Oliveto, Passalaqua and Paul Masson wineries were tenants over the years. Gallo noted that its most recent use was storage of wine barrels.
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For wineries that need to find grapes for upscale pinot noir based on bottle prices of about $30 rather than $50 or higher, the seller of a long-term lease on a ridgetop vineyard on the Mendocino Coast thinks he has the solution.
"Probably where we're headed as an industry is to make quality cost a whole lot less," said Marc Deprey, president of leaseholder Manchester Ridge LLC.
On March 15 NorCal Vineyards will be holding a silent auction for a 20-year lease with five-year renewal option on the 164-acre Manchester Ridge Vineyard. Tandem, Aurteur and Ogden are brands that were made from the grapes until contracts were allowed to expire last year.
The operator has spent more than $6 million clearing timber on 30 acres and planting 19 acres to pinot noir and 11 to chardonnay. The lease originally went on the market in spring 2009 for $3.8 million, just after a pond dispute with the State Water Resources Control Board was settled.
The property has been positioned to sell before the typical April period for grape purchases, according to Mr. Deprey. The new price reflects a projected operating cost of $2,800-a-ton.