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Future of Sonoma Truck and Auto Center site draws crowd

The future of the former Sonoma Truck and Auto Center took center stage at the Sonoma Community Center Wednesday night.

About 50 people gathered to present their ideas for the property, which is now in the hands of SunLever Companies, a real estate and development firm from Southern California.

The site, located at 870 Broadway, has East MacArthur Street and a wedge of public open space on its other boundaries. It also has the remains of Cumberland Presbyterian College, a historic building from the 1800s that has been substantially depleted and may or may not be viable for preservation.

The meeting was conducted by Michael Pattinson, of Bull Stockwell Allen, a San Francisco design firm. He said the focus of the meeting was to ask what the community needs and wants on the site, given its zoning and other development code constraints.

Owen Smith, SunLever president, said he was open to any reasonable idea, but wanted people to remember he had investors who hope to make a profit.

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