Sonoma City Council to decide ‘pink’ appeal at Monday’s meeting

Too pink or not too pink? That’s the question the Sonoma City Council will resolve at its meeting Monday evening.

In December, Dawn and Troy Marmaduke received approval from the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission for modifications and an awning sign for their Grandma Linda’s Ice Cream shop at 408 First St. E. But on Dec. 30, Johanna Patri and Mary Martinez filed an appeal of the DRHPC’s 3-2 decision to approve the paint color, painted awning, awning sign and the administratively approved signs. Patri and Martinez assert concern for the protection and preservation of the Sonoma Plaza, and want the DRHPC to uphold compliance with the Certified Local Government programs.

The building on the property, which was constructed circa 1880, is a historically-significant structure, known as the “Pinelli Building.” It is listed on the Nation Register as a contributor building to the Sonoma Plaza District, and it is listed on the California Register and is identified in the Local Historic Resources Survey.

Patri and Martinez ask that the council approve the appeal. Their conclusion states, “Of the utmost consideration should be the compatibility, preservation and protection of the historic resources, characteristics and integrity of the Plaza. The proposal does not respect the integrity of the subject historic building style and materials, the surrounding historic streetscape, nor the historic Plaza.”

Staff is recommending that the council deny the appeal by Patri and Martinez and uphold the decision of the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission.

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