A public meeting to discuss the future of the Sonoma Truck and Auto site, at 870 Broadway in Sonoma, is scheduled for tomorrow evening, Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Sonoma Community Center.
The meeting has been called by Owen Smith, a Southern California developer and real estate broker who has an interest in the site. Smith will appear with representatives from the San Francisco architecture firm Bull Stockwell Allen, to discuss possible uses for the site. He said a hotel has not been formally planned for the property, even though he earlier represented well-known boutique hotel developer Richard Kessler, of the Kessler Collection. On Kessler’s behalf, Smith made inquiries about a hotel project on the site last year but Kessler decided the property presented too many challenges.
Smith owns a development and investment company called Sunlever and said last week that Kessler no longer has an interest in the Broadway property and that, if plans were to gel for the site, Sunlever would develop them.
“We want to present a variety of options and get feedback from the public,” Smith said. He did not rule out the possibility of a hotel, but said other uses could include town homes, condominiums, office space and other mixed-use
Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 208 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. The public is invited.