Mission Square appeal denied

Mission Square, a mixed-use development many years in the making, went forward Monday when the Sonoma City Council denied an appeal brought by Simon and Kimberly Blattner, neighbors of the proposed project.

The 4-1 vote, with Steve Barbose voting no, came after two hours of testimony by neighbors, historic preservationists, and design professionals who believe the project does not reflect the importance of the site, which is steps away from the historic Blue Wing Inn and the Mission.

The Mission Square project, at 165 E. Spain St., consists of 3,514 square feet of office space, 14 apartment units and associated parking, spread among seven buildings. It will be constructed on a site slightly larger than one acre, located on the south side of East Spain a half-block east of the Plaza. The mostly-vacant site is occupied by the 1922 Pinelli bungalow, which will be rehabilitated.

Kimberly Blattner, who spoke on behalf of the appeal, said nine years of amendments have led to the philosophy of “settling,” on a project now being “good enough,” but not superior.

“Project documents say it is adequate, and we object to that word,” she said. She added that it should not just meet minimum standards. It is in a two-block area that represents the beginnings of the city and the state. “The site deserves respect.”

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