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Signs point to improving economy

If requests for sign approvals are an indication of an improving economy, Sonoma is off to a great summer.

Three new businesses got the nod from the Sonoma Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission. Pet Food Express, at 500 W. Napa St., came back with a revised sign that matches the approved program for the shopping center. Bossa Nova, a women’s clothing store, will be tucked into the first block of shops at 524 Broadway, and G’s General Store will have a vintage appearance. It will be occupying 19 W. Napa St. in a building that was once part of the long-ago Union Hotel complex.

Other signage approved during last week’s meeting was for Wells Fargo Mortgage Center, at 445 Second St. W., Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Highway and the Old Bowl Center, next door, which will sport an entire new signage program.

Private projects were also considered, but some did not fare as well. A project proposal that would increase the size of a stately craftsman at 563 Second St. E. by more than 5,000 square feet was held for further consideration.

Owned by Keith Hughes, the 1908 house was built by Ralph Murphy, a man who constructed 40 homes in the area. His buildings are considered locally significant by some, but the historic resources report commissioned for the project said it wasn’t historically significant.


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