More large retail projects set to start

[caption id="attachment_89153" align="alignnone" width="500"] Construction is set to begin this spring on an Oliver's Markets store and an office building at the Bell Village development in Windsor[/caption]

It's set to be busy a season for retail construction in the North Bay, with several hundred thousand square feet of retail space nearing completion or about to go into construction in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Napa.Bell Village

In late spring, Bell Village, LP, plans to break ground on the first phase of the 25-acre redevelopment of the Windsorland mobile home park into a mixed-use complex anchored by an Oliver's Markets store in Windsor, according to Komron Shahhosseini, project manager for site acquisition and development for Santa Rosa-based OSL Management, LLC.

Six years in the making, the $150 million-plus project is led by Bill Gallaher, developer of the Oakmont senior community of Santa Rosa and a number of other projects.

In late February, crews started demolishing structures and removing certain trees at the south end of the property, which is located across from Town Hall between Old Redwood Highway and Highway 101. That has 6.3 acres for 77,600 square feet of commercial space in the first phase: a 35,000-square-foot Oliver's store, 18,000-square-foot office building, one with 4,000 square feet of office space above as much retail space and a 2,000-square-foot retail building.

"We're going to start with the commercial space and fill it up and stabilize it," Mr. Shahhosseini said. "Then it will be much easier to find financing, because the value of the multifamily leans on the commercial project."

Originally, Rohnert Park-based Oliver's was going to occupy 22,000 square feet, but the grocer expanded its vision for this, its first location built from the ground up, Mr. Shahhosseini said.

Offices for OSL Management and Mr. Gallaher's other ventures are set to occupy all the office building, the downstairs of which had been proposed as a pharmacy until last year. There are currently up to 40 employees at OSL's current offices in half as much space in north Santa Rosa, and growth is planned with the expansion, Mr. Shahhosseini said.

Oakmont Senior Living builds about five assisted-living communities in California a year, with five under construction now and seven more in the works. OSL Management took over property oversight of facilities about a year ago. The company has about 800 employees at all locations.

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