What to do with the Sonoma Truck & Auto site, sitting more or less empty on nearly two acres, at 870 Broadway, a vacant gateway to the city center, a prize location for the right developer with the right idea?
That is the question confronting the City of Sonoma and many of its citizens, who view the site as both a benchmark and a test that may define the Valley’s future.
During the second public meeting orchestrated Feb. 20 by Southern California developer Owen Smith, to test public sentiment and collect input, a design emerged that found a high level of at least preliminary support.
The concept was a public market, based in part on Napa’s Oxbow Market, that would provide mass and structure to one side of a courtyard that would include a restaurant, residential space, and perhaps a community garden.
As presented by Mike Pattinson, principal architect with the San Francisco firm Bull Stockwell Allen, the concept was one of three viable options identified for the site, that might also include a small hotel and residential units.