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Aug Sebastiani gets nod for firehouse; Drakes Bay Oyster Co. to mostly close July 31; Haywood closes tasting room; Gloria Ferrer Catalan Festival this weekend; Foie gras to Supreme Court?


After many months of community curiosity, and city review of several bids, August Sebastiani and his The Other Guys won approval from the City of Sonoma for their bid to purchase the former firehouse at Patten Street and Broadway (see news story at http://tinyurl.com/qx58k69).

The winning bid of $1,650,000 was announced at the end of the City Council’s June 23 meeting. Other finalists were Mann Property Company, Caymus Capital and Frank de Michele.

The Other Guys’ bid was for the building as-is, with no contingencies, meaning they can do almost whatever they want to with the space, as long as it passes various Sonoma boards and commissions.

But according to City Manager Carol Giovanatto, the bid still needs to be approved by the Sonoma Oversight Board to the former Sonoma Community Development Agency, which makes a recommendation to the State of California Finance Department. The latter department gives final approval because it has authority over the property since redevelopment was disbanded by the state.


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