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Santa Rosa council signs off on Museum on the Square revision

The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously approved the latest redesign of the Museum on the Square project with little discussion Tuesday.

The latest design for the vacant former AT&T building many consider an eyesore won't include as much glass on the exterior but will retain the same basic structure of four stories of office space built above a first-story museum and restaurant space.

It was going to cost developer Hugh Futrell about $1.2 million to construct the shear walls that would have allowed the construction of the exterior curtain of glass.

That cost plus delays created by the high demand for window glazing in the red-hot Bay Area housing market threatened to delay the project further and jeopardize the tenancy of Luther Burbank Savings, Futrell said.

The project was scaled back from 10 stories to five after the tight financing market and demise of the redevelopment agency threatened the project, which has been one of the highest-profile development plans downtown for years.


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