(This spotlight on major commercial developers is comprised of companies and their leadership that have undertaken major projects in the North Bay. They are listed first by county and then alphabetically by company.)

SONOMA COUNTYLarry Wasem, managing general partner, Airport Business Center414 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403; 707-578-5344; airportbusinesscenter.com

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North Bay project: Airport Business Center phase 7, Windsor -- the latest expansion to the 463-acre business park has 17 acres of industrial land.

Airport Business Center, located near Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport north of Santa Rosa,  is the North Bay's largest business park. Larry Wasem and Richard Coombs started the park, and the other holdings include the 50 Old Courthouse Square office building and two movie theaters in downtown Santa Rosa as well as golf courses in Windsor and Petaluma.

Airport Business Center has about two dozen acres left to develop, including five of the 17 acres in the development's phase 7, located along Conde Lane in Windsor. Wine Country Shipping signed a build-to-suit deal for a 31,000-square-foot distribution facility to be built in that phase. Current occupants there are DuMol and Marcassin wineries and retailer Tractor Supply Co.

The business park recently also sold 3.5 acres, with options on another 7.5 acres, to Santa Rosa-based American AgCredit, and the park is managing a project to build 50,000 square feet of offices. A manufacturer has made initial inquiries about a 100,000-square-foot build-to-suit project.

"That's five times the activity we've seen in four years," Larry Wasem said. Having land with proper zoning and entitlements and staff skilled in financing at a time when construction and permanent lending terms are getting more competitive is an advantage for the business park, he said.Barney Aldridge, chief executive officer, Aldridge Management and Highway Partners, LLCP.O. Box 1771, Ross 94957; 707-824-5600; thebarlow.net

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North Bay project: The Barlow, Sebastopol -- 11 new light-industrial and retail buildings with 96,000 square feet of space; under construction; property acquired for $12 million, $23 million in construction financing.

Barney Aldridge owns and manages 240,000 square feet of office, retail and industrial space in Sebastopol and Boulder, Colo. Sebastopol Industrial Park, which includes The Barlow redevelopment project of the former Barlow Co. apple-processing plant on Morris Street at the eastern city entrance, was acquired in 2006 for $12 million. The 125,000 square feet of existing industrial space is fully leased.

Construction started early this year on replacing the Barlow building with 11 concrete-and-steel-framed buildings, extension of McKinley Street to connect with Morris Street and central development outdoor stage. The development has two dozen tenants and is about 80 percent leased, according to Mr. Aldridge. Kosta Browne Winery's barrel cellar opened in October, and its production facility is set to be complete in December. Taylor Made Coffee is set to occupy its space in January. Other occupancies are planned in the first half of 2013.

"The community wanted the property to remain what it was in industrial uses and have a campus of artisan producers," Mr. Aldridge said. With Rialto Cinemas taking over the theaters near the property and a new connecting street from Highway 12 past the city plaza to Highway 116, the site will become a cultural hub, he said. "Sebastopol needs a place to gather, because it is a crossroads and has not had a center for the community."Matt White, president and CEO, Basin Street Properties1383 N. McDowell Blvd., Ste. 200, Petaluma 94954; 707-795-4477; basin-street.com

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North Bay projects: Approvals to build 300,000 square feet of office buildings at Fountaingrove Executive Center in northeast Santa Rosa, Harvest Business Center by Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport, Redwood Business Center in northeast Petaluma and Petaluma Marina Office Center in southeast Petaluma. Renovations are planned in a number of 14 Santa Rosa office buildings re-acquired in October.

As the tech-led recession of 2001 led to higher vacancies in local tech companies, Basin Street sold 1.45 million square feet of office space in Sonoma and Marin counties in 2005 and relocated its headquarters to Reno, Nev., in 2009 as the company focused on hospitality, multifamily, retail and mixed-use projects elsewhere in Northern California and in the Reno area.

In the first half of 2011, Basin Street re-acquired seven Petaluma buildings for $21 million from lenders and spent millions more upgrading them for new tenants, namely 96,000 square feet for Enphase Energy. In October, Basin Street bought back 14 Santa Rosa buildings from Equity Office for roughly $65 million and plans to spend $6 million over four years on upgrades and tenant-improvement incentives.Brigitta Brondi, president, Brondi Development3625 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403; 707-579-2400; westwind-businesspark.com

North Bay project: Westwind Business Park, Santa Rosa -- 80-acre master planned development with 11 building pads prepared for immediate construction of up to 700,000 square feet of office and flex spaceBrad Baker, president and CEO, Codding Enterprises1400 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park 94928; 707-795-3550; sonomamountainvillage.com

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North Bay projects: Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park -- 175 acres; 839,000 square feet of commercial, office and retail space, including 500,000 square feet of existing office and warehouse space; planned urban village with 951 multifamily units and 743 single-family homes; approved; first phase possibly could start in 2011-12. Coddingtown, Santa Rosa -- 930,000-square-foot mall built in 1960; undergone upgrades; eyed for possible redevelopment. Former Los Robles Lodge site, Santa Rosa -- 3.5 acres south of Coddingtown envisioned for multifamily housing or retail.

In the past seven years, the company acquired the 200-acre former Agilent Technologies campus in Rohnert Park, now called Sonoma Mountain Village, entered a $50 million joint venture with Simon Property Group to reposition and renovate Coddingtown Mall and acquired the shuttered Los Robles Lodge property just south of the mall.

Coddingtown had a significant interior and exterior facelift last year, and the current plan is for a 144,000-square-foot single-story Target store to replace the current two-story vacant Gottschalks store in early 2014.

A deal is in the works for a 50,000-square-foot retailer to take over the Los Robles site, according to Mr. Baker.John Stewart, chairman, The John Stewart Co.Creative Housing Associates, 8758 Venice Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Angeles 90034; 310-836-1342; challc.com. The John Stewart Co., 1388 Sutter St., 11th floor, San Francisco 94109; 415-345-4400; jsco.net

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North Bay projects: SMART Railroad Square and Cannery, Santa Rosa -- 88,000 square feet of commercial space, 279 multifamily units (68 affordable), parking structure; three phases, first to start in 2013; $200 million-plus.

The John Stewart Co. and Equity Community Builders are partners in the historic preservation of a former cannery and rail depot and construction of a transit-oriented development. The site also is the future downtown Santa Rosa station for Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit, which has been targeting the start of commuter service for 2014.

The first phase of the project is a five-story building at 3 W. Third St., with 93 affordable housing units for seniors and built in the shell of the old cannery. The John Stewart Company invested $7.3 million since 2004 in acquisition costs, environmental studies and remediation, but $11.3 million in state grant money for the project is part of a legal battle between the city of Santa Rosa and the state over $34 million in city redevelopment agency funds. Hugh Futrell, CEO, Hugh Futrell Corp.200 Fourth St., Ste. 250, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-568-3482; hughfutrellcorp.com

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North Bay commercial projects: Museum on the Square, Santa Rosa -- extensive renovation of the former AT&T downtown switching building with ground-floor restaurant, four floors of offices and five floors of housing in 40 units; proposed. 250 Davis St., Santa Rosa -- four-story, 70,000-square-foot class A office building with ground-floor retail and interior parking; approved but on hold. 888 Fourth St., Santa Rosa -- seven-story mixed-use building with 6,200 square feet of office and retail space and 52 housing units; approved. 499 Humboldt and 670 Seventh streets, Santa Rosa -- five-story, 52-unit multifamily building with ground-floor retail space; under construction; $12.8 million.

Licensed general contractor, real estate broker and Santa Rosa native Hugh Futrell and Bill Carle, executive vice president, have built and consulted on more than three dozen residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the North Bay.

Construction started in September on a five-story multifamily project with 51 affordable units and a manager's dwelling. It's a joint project with Community Housing Sonoma County NPR. It is expected to open in late 2013.Greg Geertsen, managing director, Merlone Geier Partners425 California St., 11th floor, San Francisco 94104; 415-693-9000; deercreekproject.com

North Bay project: Deer Creek Village, Petaluma -- 346,000-square-foot retail and office development on 36.5 acres; approved, construction set to start in spring 2013.

Started in 1994, Merlone Geier develops and redevelops retail and mixed-use projects in Western states. The firm acquired the Deer Creek project, located between Highway 101 and North McDowell Boulevard, from Downey Savings & Loan in August 2009. The project has had a number of delays over several years for a number of reasons, including changing city land-use policies and oppositions from local neighborhood groups.

One proposed anchor tenant, Lowe's Home Improvement, dropped its plan to go there in October 2011, attributing the decision to project delays and a companywide realignment. Santa Rosa-based Friedman's Home Improvement shifted its plans for a Petaluma store from Regency Centers' East Washington Place project, which is currently under construction, to Deer Creek.

That store, amounting to about half the project square footage, would open in October 2013 after a planned March start. Construction documents for the Friedman's portion are set to be filed in November or December, according to managing partner Greg Geertsen. Another 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of smaller retailers and several restaurants are in final negotiations for lease deals, he said.

"It has been so hard to get projects approved in Petaluma that retailers don't believe it until you can say you are 30 to 45 days from getting filing for permits," Mr. Geertsen said.Richard Deringer, president, Odyssey Development Co. LLCP.O. Box 1316,  Sonoma 95476; 707-310-2291

North Bay projects: West End Village, Santa Rosa -- 42 single-family attached row homes and 5,000 square feet of retail in Railroad Square. DeTurk Winery Village, Santa Rosa -- 73 attached single-family homes in Railroad Square. Windsor Creekside Village, Windsor -- 179 attached and detached small-lot single-family homes, 65,000 square feet of commercial space and a 100-room hotel; seeking housing-construction allocation under town growth ordinance. Sonoma Valley Business Park, Sonoma -- 300,000 square feet of wine and food-related light industrial space on 40 acres; approved by county.

Odyssey Development has undertaken mixed-use projects in the city of Sonoma and have received approvals for two large redevelopment projects in the Railroad Square district of downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Valley Business Park is a joint venture with Jay Ryder of Ryder Homes.Komron Shahhosseini, project manager for site acquisition and development, OSL Management LLC220 Concourse Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403; 707-535-3200

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North Bay project: Bell Village, Windsor -- 88,000 square feet of retail space anchored by an Oliver's Market store on 6.3 acres of a nearly 25-acre site with 29 townhouses and 374 condos; approved, construction set to start in spring 2013; estimated cost $70 million-plus.

This is a project led by Bill Gallaher, developer of the Oakmont senior community of Santa Rosa and a number of other projects. The company is redeveloping the Windsorland 200-space mobile home park for property owner Bell Village LP. The project was approved in early December, just after Rohnert Park-based Oliver's entered an informal deal to put a grocery store there. A signed lease is expected to be finalized by mid-November, according to Komron Shahosseini of Oakmont Senior Living.

The first phase of the project will be the 88,000 square feet of commercial space and 80 of the approved 387 stacked flats and townhomes. Additional four-story, 150-unit residential buildings would be built each year thereafter. Part of the commercial space includes space for an 12,000 square foot pharmacy below the future offices of developer Mr. Gallaher’s ventures, including Oakmont Senior Living.

The project also includes extensive improvements to Old Redwood Highway along the length of the project, including two roundabouts at project entrances and elevated sidewalks to protect native oaks.Peter Knoedler, senior vice president of investments, Regency Centers Corp.

2999 Oak Rd., Ste. 1000, Walnut Creek 94597; 925-279-1800; www.eastwashingtonplace.com

North Bay projects: East Washington Place, Petaluma -- 378,000-square-foot regional shopping center anchored by a 139,000-square-foot Target store, plus 16,000 square feet of office space on 33 acres; approved; estimated cost $185 million.

Regency acquired the former Kenilworth school property in Petaluma in 2004. The project was approved in February 2010, but lawsuits by a local group and Regency delayed the project until an agreement was reached that July.

The City Council approved a change to the project in September 2011, allowing the square footage of six of the buildings to be combined into four larger buildings to accommodate bigger tenants. Tenants include Dick's Sporting Goods, Sunflower Farmers Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, TJ Maxx, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Sift.Paul Elmore, president, RNM Properties135 Main St., Ste. 1140, San Francisco 94105; 415-356-2000; rnmproperties.com

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North Bay projects: Cader Corporate Center, Petaluma -- 354,000 square feet of office space on 20.4 acres; South McDowell East, Petaluma -- 240,000 square feet of office space on 13.6 acres; both have entitlements and site building pads.

RNM started in 1983 by Oracle Corp. co-founder Robert Miner and has more than 1 million square feet of office properties in San Francisco and San Jose. In February, RNM sold its North Bay portfolio -- 14 Petaluma and Rohnert Park office, industrial and retail structures with 842,000 square -- to Napa-based PB&J Acquisitions for about $65 million. RNM retained ownership of the approved development projects.Joan Woodard, president and CEO

Larry Simons, founder and chairman

Simons & Woodard Inc.100 Stony Point Rd., Ste. 180, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-524-6300; simonsandwoodard.com

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North Bay project: Northpoint Corporate Center, Santa Rosa -- 32 acres remain undeveloped with entitlements and zoning for up to 600,000 square feet of business park uses; all but six acres is entitled, properly zoned and declared to have no effect on listed species.

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Simons & Woodard manages about 1 million square feet of commercial space in Santa Rosa. 

Joan Woodard rose to the top executive position in the firm in 2001 and in 2006 became an owner in the commercial real estate design, development and management firm architect Larry Simons started four decades earlier.  Her real estate finance, development and leasing career started in the early 1970s and included work with the Rockefeller family portfolio, Bramela and The Disney Co.William Saks, principal, William A. Saks & Co.1010 Main St., St. Helena 94574; 707-968-9696; www.williamasaks.com

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North Bay project: Carneros Business Park, Sonoma -- 53 master-planned acres in 17 parcels; approved, 13 lots left to develop; buildings there so far are Carneros Business Center, Ganau America and Laura Chenel's Chevre. Napa Executive Center, south Napa -- 67,839-square-foot, three-story office building on 4.33 acres at the north end of the Gateway Road East cul-de-sac in Napa Valley Gateway Business Park; approved; cost analysis under way.

Bill Saks has been in residential, commercial and recently hospitality development for three decades. The firm manages Carneros Business Park for the Heck family. In September, the remaining land was put to market in bulk at a revised price of $15.5 million, or $27 for each of the 575,165 buildable square feet or a land cost of about $8.50 a square foot.

"You're still able to industrial buildings below replacement costs," Mr. Saks said. "Ground-up only makes sense for owner-users, because of the tax advantages, longer timeframe for facilities planning and the ability to customize it to a business needs. It's a rather narrow market sector. But the national trend in industrial vacancy rates is below 10 percent, and that tends to mobilize developers to look for land because of the time it takes to put keys in the door."

MARIN COUNTYWick Polite, president, Seagate Properties Inc.980 Fifth Ave., San Rafael 94901; 415-455-0300; seagateprop.com

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North Bay project: San Rafael Corporate Center, San Rafael -- third phase: an 80,000-square-foot class A office building; to be built sometime in the next four years.

Seagate owns and manages about 3 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space as well as several hundred apartments in mostly Western states. That includes a about a half-million square feet of Marin properties such as Montecito Plaza Shopping Center in San Rafael.

Seagate and the asset-management division of New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. acquired San Rafael Corporate Center in mid-2007. The first two four-story buildings totaling 155,000 square feet were finished in 2001 by a previous owner and are 87 percent occupied, according to Mr. Polite. The third and fourth buildings, each with 80,000 square feet, and a parking garage were completed in 2009.

The third and final phase of the five-building, 400,000-square-foot class A office development on 13 acres of central San Rafael was approved for medical offices in 68,000 square feet of the development to accommodate physician offices or a small clinic, space for which are in demand in the county, according to Mr. Polite.

BioMarin early this year signed a 10-year lease for 120,383 square feet of office space in two buildings at San Rafael Corporate Center -- all of  previously vacant 770 Lindaro St. and two floors of of 790 Lindaro. BioMarin moved 300 employees into the space in early September.Dennis Allen, managing Partner, Urban OneP.O. Box 71128, Los Angeles 90071; 213-618-9781; urbanone.com

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North Bay project: Hanna Ranch, Novato -- develop 19 acres south of Vintage Oaks Shopping Center with a three- and four-story hotel with 116 rooms, a single-story 13,500-square-foot retail building, a 42,000-square-foot two-story building with offices over shops, two 5,000-square-foot restaurant sites and about 10.5 acres of hillside parkland; approved in December; estimated cost $30 million

With a background in real estate investment analysis, acquisition and development with The Kor Group, Starpoint Properties and UBS, Dennis Allen, 39, started Urban One to manage complex development projects.

Pacific Star Capital LLC of Los Angeles, acting as Hanna Novato LLC, brought in Urban One after it acquired the Hanna Ranch property in mid-2008 from San Francisco-based Wilson Meany Sullivan, which was unsuccessful in getting approval for a 130,000-square-foot The Home Depot store to anchor a retail development on the site. Urban One took a different approach, with lower-key buildings proposed to complement a pond and the slopes of the property.

NAPA COUNTYDouglas Pope, managing member, Headwaters Development Co. LLC50 Fullerton Ct., Ste. 203, Sacramento 95825; 916-564-8899;www.headwaterscompanies.com

North Bay project: Napa Commerce Center Industrial Park, south of Devlin Road at South Kelly Road, American Canyon-- 218-acre joint venture with Deutsche Bank's RREEF group; up to 2 million square feet of commercial space in buildings ranging in size from 50,000 to 400,000 square feet; EIR under review.

The first 646,000-square-foot warehouse was put on hold in 2010, but an overpass across the railroad tracks was completed and Devlin Road was extended onto the property. An environmental impact report was circulated for comments earlier this year, and the city Planning Commission held a workshop on the project. The City Council is expected to review the project later this year.Mel Souza, partner, Panattoni Development Co.

8775 Folsom Blvd., Ste. 200, Sacramento 95826; www.panattoni.com

North Bay project: Napa Airport Commerce Centre, American Canyon -- up to 750,000 square feet of warehouse space; several small for-sale office buildings on 50 acres; American Canyon recently applied to annex the property; proposal for the 12-acre first phase with four warehouses is awaiting approval of a plan to extend Devlin Road.

Panattoni Development has been a major developer of industrial real estate in Napa Valley, particularly in Green Island Industrial Park in American Canyon.Joseph Peatman, president, Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation

433 Soscol Ave., Ste. A-120, Napa 94559; 707-255-1646; www.gasserfoundation.org

North Bay projects: Napa Tulocay Square, Napa -- joint venture with BLT Enterprises to build 110,000 square feet of retail and commercial space plus 500 high-density housing units on 21 acres; approved. Napa Century Center, Napa -- joint venture 12-screen movie theater-anchored 163,000-square-foot shopping center with Hearn Construction on 15 acres; construction on the theaters completed, building the rest of the center targeted for 2013.

Construction on  the 2,051-seat movie multiplex anchoring Napa Century Center started in August 2011. The theaters are set to open in Nov. 6 and attract 500,000 to 600,000 movie-goers annually. In May, Spartanburg, S.C.-based OTO Development signed a ground lease to build a Hampton Inn & Suites-branded hotel on the southwest corner of the project site, located between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail at Imola Avenue. It is set to open in 2014. The project will also have a 27,000-square-foot fitness center building, also set to open in 2014.

"Retail demand has been slow," Mr. Peatman said. "There is more interest in the service area, for restaurants. One of the prospects is a national player with a local franchisee."Keith Rogal, Founder and General Partner, Rogal + Walsh + Mol5 Third St., Ste. 1014, San Francisco 94103; 415-922-1000; www.rogalwalshmol.com

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North Bay project: Redevelopment of the former Napa Pipe Corp. plant, Napa -- 154 acres; 700,000 square feet of industrial space to be converted into an “urban village” with 945 attached and multifamily homes, 320,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space, a 150-room hotel and 400-student elementary school; approved by Napa County Planning Commission.

Napa Redevelopment Partners LLC, made up of Rogal + Walsh + Mol and Farallon Capital Management, acquired the property in 2005. The project has undergone a number of revisions to scale back the planned number of homes and commercial space. It underwent a major revision in May, reducing it from nearly 2,600 dwellings to 2,050 and adding a 154,000-square-foot Costco Wholesale store. The number of homes was cut by more than half this fall before Planning Commission approved the project in October. Other changes included trimming office space t0 100,000 square feet and warehouse space to 75,000 square feet. Napa County Board of Supervisors is set to consider in late December or early January a Planning Commission recommendation for approval.

Mr. Rogal's previous projects include redevelopment of a trailer park in the Carneros region between Napa and Sonoma counties into the high-end Carneros Inn resort.Todd Zapolski, principal, Zapolski Real Estate, LLC1300 First St., Napa 94559; 707-257-6600; zapolskire.com

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North Bay project: The Shops at Napa Center, Napa -- redevelopment of three buildings at the 123,000-square-foot Napa Town Center into a 156,000-square-foot "lifestyle" retail center and seven-story hotel with 50 to 180 rooms; in design review, construction to start in spring 2013; estimated cost is $70 million, not including the hotel.

Co-founder of real estate development company Zapolski + Rudd in 1998, Todd Zapolski parted ways with Leslie Rudd in 2008. Zapolski Real Estate has developments on the West Coast and East Coast, including the recent addition of Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market store to Napa.

Zapolski Real Estate is coordinating redevelopment of Napa Town Center, which occupies two blocks of downtown Napa, for NTC Shops, LLC. It acquired the property -- not including the Kohl's department store building -- from Altamura Enterprises in May, following City Council approval of a 20-year plan for downtown development. Key to that was the allowance of a seven-story hotel. Only 60,000 square feet of the center is currently leased.

In addition to renovating the central shopping center, Zapolski will redevelop the 18,000-square-foot Merrill's building as well as two other buildings on First Street with another 5,200 square feet. The 9,300-square-foot Dunne Building that Zapolski purchased earlier this year also will be part of the new center, to be called The Shops at Napa Center when it reopens in spring 2014.