Derek Moore, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Imagine arriving after work at a commuter rail station in Rohnert Park and walking to your condominium through Seed Farm Square. You stop at an outdoor market for something to eat, or at a pub for a pint of beer.
Such is the vision put forth this week by a Southern California developer, whose revised plans for Rohnert Park’s central core, including the site of the vacant former State Farm campus, are receiving a much warmer reception from city leaders.
“I’d say, ‘Well done. Thanks,’ ” Councilman Jake Mackenzie told representatives of SunCal during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The Irvine-based developer’s original plans for the 30-acre State Farm site were criticized by city leaders last year for emphasizing single-family housing and not including enough retail and commercial use to attract visitors.
In response, the developer unveiled an updated plan for what it refers to as “Rohnert Crossing,” including 400 higher-density housing units, such as condominiums, and a 40,000-square-foot retail village of mixed commercial use anchored by a restaurant or pub to lure people downtown.
The plan also calls for a transit hub, dubbed Seed Farm Square by SunCal, built around the station that will be used by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit commuter train.