Here's a collection of in-depth interviews with rebuilders Christopherson, APM, Synergy, Urban Building Workshop and Silvermark. Also included are insights on regional economic recovery and construction of affordable housing and regional transportation projects.
"Some builders coming from (outside Sonoma County) are looking at innovative building products to build more durable housing, while incorporating more forward-thinking design elements," says real estate agent and rebuilder Jeff Schween.
"When we first got here, we figured we would use local contractors, but they all jacked up their prices," says Solano-based Silvermark Construction Services, one of the largest players in the Santa Rosa wildfire recovery.
"For the middle-upper- and higher-end homes, we have very few. If you're going to try to attract business to the area, you got to have housing for these folks. Most of what was available burned down," says veteran builder Keith Christopherson.
"We want to help people get back in their homes. We know there's a big need for that. But in terms of us going out and buying a bunch of lots and doing a bunch of speculative building, we’re not too into that, says Andy Christopherson.
"When we first launched the rebuild, we had quite a bit of interest; we had quite a few folks signing up. That has somewhat tapered off now." John Allen of APM Homes provides an in-depth look at the massive Santa Rosa effort.
TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT & AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Efforts to get more housing built at all price points to fill a 30,000-unit need are picking up momentum, says Santa Rosa Metro Chamber CEO Peter Rumble. He reveals the needs, challenges and potential solutions in this in-depth interview.
"The problem we have right now in the project that we’ve been working on in Santa Rosa is the city has no money," says John Stewart, whose company manages 32,000 units in California. He untangles the challenges with the Railroad Square project.
"In the area of land use and housing, in general, there is an excess of talk and a deficit of productive action," says Hugh Futrell, who is building health care, hotel and housing projects in Santa Rosa. He unpacks some of the challenges facing construction.
A chief champion for improvements to major commute corridors for Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties, Suzanne Smith of Sonoma County Transportation Authority updates us on projects for highways 101 and 37.
See presentations at Building the North Bay Conference on May 29, 2019, by Peter Rumble of Santa Rosa Metro Chamber, James Cameron of Sonoma County Transportation Authority and John Stewart of Santa Rosa cannery redeveloper The John Stewart Company.