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Petaluma weighs final blessing for Target-anchored shopping center

The Petaluma City Council is poised to give a final blessing Monday to East Washington Place, a retail and office development planned for the former Kenilworth Junior High School site adjacent to Highway 101.

The nearly 34-acre development, which is to be anchored by a Target store, has been the subject of much contention over the past two years.

But Monday's vote is basically an administrative requirement to confirm that the project's final map matches previous approvals, several council members said.

"It is pretty much a standard tying up of loose ends," said Councilwoman Tiffany Renee, who voted against the project last year.

But what the vote lacks in drama, it has in significance. If council approves the map, Florida-based Regency Centers will have its final entitlement in hand, giving it the OK to start grading, on-site improvements and permitting for one of the largest retail projects in Petaluma in years.


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