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Winemaker purchases former Healdsburg post office site

A vacant downtown lot once occupied by the Healdsburg post office is being eyed for a new culinary venue featuring cured meats and sausage made on the spot.

Local winemaker Pete Seghesio, who bought the parcel, confirmed Monday that he plans to build a showcase building with an Italian style "salumeria" and perhaps other retail shops.

"I'd like to provide a forum so local chefs that are friends of mine can make their &‘salume' in a USDA certified kitchen," he said.

Healdsburg Post Office Fire

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Seghesio said he was "in the investigation phases" to see what is feasible on the property. His dream is an artisanal meat shop that uses sustainably or organically raised hogs.

But he said meeting all the requirements for a meat processing facility "is incredibly complex and expensive — a big undertaking."

Seghesio bought the nearly half-acre property late last year for $675,000, less than the $795,000 listing price, according to county and state records.

The lot at 440 Center St., just a block north of Healdsburg Plaza, has been vacant since a fire gutted the post office on Aug. 14, 2010.

According to real estate records, the property sold on Nov. 18.

The seller was a trust belonging to three sisters whose family owned the property for decades.

The buyer, PCS Family, is a limited liability corporation headed by Seghesio and his wife Cathy.


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