Editor’s note: A recent public meeting soliciting citizen input on development of the former Sonoma Truck and Auto site, on Broadway at MacArthur Street, has produced a variety of suggestions, some of them posted on the Index-Tribune website. We present some of those comments below in hopes they will stimulate further discussion.
Likes Oxbow Market model
Glad to see there is discussion about this. Even though I didn’t agree with Larry Barnett’s failed Measure B, I really like his ideas for this location. It would be tragic if it was developed into a Walgreens/Traders Joe’s or rental housing.
An Oxbow Market-like venture (as in Napa), or a Barlow (as in Sebastopol) is much needed and would be a welcomed addition to town. Perhaps Crisp, and some of the other little retail treasures, could all take up shop space and create a great community gathering place to eat/drink and relax, whether you are local or tourist.
Broadway is our entry to town and it should reflect uniqueness and quality projects that you can’t find in every town or city.
My second vote would be a small, quality hotel with restaurant.
I am afraid if you build more rental housing here it will not do anything to boost Sonoma’s wine country appeal. I am for rental housing, but not in this location.
A multi-use site, in my dreams
In my dreams, I see a multi-use site. Wait! Not with residences. A site where a short course could be taken; where a farm stand could rotate among sellers who sign up; a place for a tiny, boutique theater for one-act plays; leasable spots for artists and artisans to work, display and sell their work; rentable space for meetings; a few spots for permanent tenants, but no cooking on site.
Yeah, I realize this is not an idea that will appeal to most money-money-money investors, but it could work as a “remote Broadway site” for stores established in other locations, and be a real winner for people, say, who want to teach once a week – for instance, for writers, or photography instruction or gardening.
With the right mix, and brevity being the rule, tourists could come to Sonoma, learn something non-grape as well as something grape-ish, watch a jeweler at work, buy a ticket for anything else going on in town, and grab a treat – it would be a perfect
site. Like the Torpedo Factory in Old Towne Alexandria, Va.
Aren’t there any investors who are culturally as well as profit-oriented? Well, like I said, in my dreams.
How about a bowling alley?
I think a bowling alley would be perfect. They could have league bowling, the high schools could use it for a PE class.