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After initial proposal for Boudin bakery at Montgomery Village fizzles, second try is a success

Five months ago, David Codding's plans for a new Boudin SF bakery at his Montgomery Village shopping center received a chilly reception from the Santa Rosa Design Review Board.

Codding wanted a new tenant to anchor the northeast corner of the center, which his father Hugh Codding developed in the 1950s.

He figured Boudin, the San Francisco bakery popular for its novel sourdough creations and chowder-filled bread-bowls, would be a welcome replacement for the site formerly occupied by Copperfield's books and Coldstone Creamery.

But the initial design he submitted was modeled after the popular sourdough chain's flagship restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, complete with a silo in the shape of a water tower.

Board members criticized the architecture as "corporate" and "hokey," called the landscaping inadequate and wanted to see better circulation for pedestrians.

Codding fumed. He called the process "a big waste of time," vowed not to make the suggested changes and suggested he would appeal directly to the City Council.

Instead, Codding returned to the board Thursday with an apology and a completely new plan.

Bearing bags brimming with rolls and chowder as a sign of "truce," Codding presented a plan designed by the firm of Santa Rosa architect Warren Hedgepeth, vice chairman of the board, who recused himself from the meeting.

The new design, with its tall windows, large outdoor patio and use of recycled materials, was warmly embraced. Board member Kevin Zucco called it "exciting, contemporary and flavorful."

"I want to thank you for literally going back to the drawing board," said board member Mark Hale.


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