Also: Tracking the Target proposals; new phase for Napa GatewayRoseland School District just revived the go-ahead for its $26 million, 12-acre Roseland Creek Elementary project on 12 acres along Burbank Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa, according to project designer TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa. The project has been on hold for three years because of a lack of state funds, which were just released for the project.

The project would accommodate 750 students and is needed because of crammed classrooms at Roseland and Sheppard elementary schools, according to Superintendent Gail Ahlas.

The three-building project would have two stories, an atypical feature for elementary schools in the North Bay but one that allows for more playground area, according to TLCD.

The design team includes local firms Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers, ZFA Structural Engineers, Engineering Enterprises and geotechnical firm RGH.


Proposed Target department stores are getting mixed receptions throughout the North Bay. The San Rafael City Council put off a vote on a 137,000-square-foot store in the Shoreline Center until Dec. 20 amid opposition. The city Planning Commission in November voted 5-2 to recommend approval, provided that Target cut 50 parking spaces and commit to landscaping upkeep.

A 139,000-square-foot Target store is set to anchor Regency Centers' 375,000-square-foot East Washington Place regional mall in west Petaluma. The development along with other large ones in the city, has weathered legal challenges but was approved in February. Recently, Friedman's Home Improvement said it wouldn't be a second anchor for the project.

Meanwhile, the Windsor Town Council earlier this month gave a warm reception to an initial presentation by Santa Rosa-based developer The Provost Group on a 277,000-square-foot shopping center called Shiloh Marketplace.

Target has been considering the 145,000-square-foot anchor-tenant spot in that center, which would occupy the 40-acre Olaf family ranch at the northwest corner of the Shiloh Road and Highway 101 interchange, across the freeway from Shiloh Center, anchored by Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

Council comments from that presentation are being formulated into a project application to be submitted early next year, according to Jim Provost. The planned completion date for the anchor space is 2012.

He helped Fountaingrove Village secure street parking to accommodate more visitors to Santi's restaurant and Traverso's market. Mr. Provost also consulted with the Smith family on an idea for a shopping center at the north end of Windsor.


The Sene Trust sold the 10,000-square-foot former Pacific Union real estate office at 189 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Greenbrae to 189 SFD LLC, led by the Douglas family that operates Douglas Telecommunications, located a short distance away at 125 E. Sir Francis Drake in Larkspur.

Tim McGaw, company president, said the now-vacant Greenbrae building could be held as an investment, partly occupied by Douglas Telecom or a combination of both. He declined to comment on the transaction.

The building was built in 1968, and the trust purchased it in 1998. The building sold for $4.9 million, or about $486 a square foot, according to CoStar Realty Information.

Matt Brown of Meridian Commercial handled the deal for 189 SFD. Brian Eisberg and David Walwyn of Cornish & Carey Newmark Knight Frank brokered the deal for Sene.


Airport Boulevard Realty LLC, which built the first two phases of the hotel-anchored Napa Gateway Plaza development in Napa Gateway Business Park, is eager to start construction soon on the third phase.

The first phase on the 13-acre site overlooking the busy intersection of Highway 29 and Jamieson Canyon Road was a 16,000-square-foot professional office building, anchored by an Umpqua Bank branch. It was completed in 2003.

Five years later, a 100-room Springhill Suites by Marriott hotel was finished.

"We do know many of our clients staying at the hotel have asked for additional services at the hub," said William Maston, a Mountain View-based architect and development investor.

Requested services include a dry cleaner, convenience store, parcel courier and copy center.

Colliers International is courting such tenants for an 8,500-square-foot retail building in the corner of the property nearest the interchange. Although a service station was initially envisioned for that spot, the flexibility of the mixed-use planned unit development allows for more retail than office space to be built and for a the new space to occupy the corner spot, according to Mr. Maston.

However, the building will have to be half-committed before it could come out of the ground, he said.


The shell of the $34 million, 288,000-square-foot Frank-Lin Distillers Products new plant in Fairfield's Tolenas Industrial Park is complete, and process piping and other interior improvements are being completed to allow the plant to start operating in January. The company will be gradually relocating from San Jose.

Here are the main members of the project team: project manager -- Ingram & Associates, San Jose; general contractor -- San Jose Construction, Santa Clara; architect -- Arc-Tec, San Jose; Kier and Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors, Santa Clara; rail construction -- Industrial Railways Co., Pinole; production equipment -- Wright Process Systems, Lodi.


Petaluma-based McDevitt & McDevitt Construction, general contractor for the new 30,000-square-foot creamery for Laura Chenel's Chevre in Carneros Business Park just south of Sonoma, has completed the exterior and is scheduled to have the facility ready to produce fresh and aged cheeses in April, according to a creamery spokeswoman. A VIP ribbon-cutting is planned for next month.


Guide Dogs for the Blind may scale back initial construction next year on an estimated $30 million in renovations and new buildings planned for the nonprofit group's 11-acre campus in San Rafael.

"At this time, due to budget constraints, we are moving forward with a limited portion of the first phase of the renovation project," said spokeswoman Denise St. Jean.


Stantec Architecture's new 10,600-square-foot Petaluma office has been completed on the second floor of Basin Street Properties' Redwood Business Center development. The improvements featured exposed steel beams, polished concrete floors and energy-efficient LED accent lights and Finelite fluorescent fixtures. Midstate Construction of Petaluma was the general contractor.


Novato-based Millican Jones Interior Design and Planning was part of the project team for the El Camino Hospital replacement facility project in Mountain View. The project won the Best of 2010 Award of Merit in Healthcare from McGraw-Hill Publishing's California Construction magazine and has been featured recently in the publications Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Management and Popular Science.

The firm is part of the design team on the Sonoma Valley Hospital expansion project.


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