Healdsburg OKs Seghesio food venue at old post office

Healdsburg winemaker Pete Seghesio has the green light to build a two-story culinary venue at the site of the city's burned post office.

The City Council this week approved a development agreement allowing Seghesio's Healdsburg Meat Co. building to go forward.

The store will feature Italian-style cured meats and sausage made on the spot, cafe, deli and wine tasting.

The 9,120-square-foot-building will include two other stores for lease and three extended-stay hotel rooms on the second floor.

Mayor Gary Plass said it was a great loss when the post office burned two years ago, but Seghesio "is such a part of our community."

The new project will "do nothing but add to the beauty" of Healdsburg, he said.

"I'm very excited about the project" said Councilman Tom Chambers, noting it occupies "a prominent spot in town."

Located on Center Street, with a columned facade and detailed cornice work, the building is designed to be easily visible from the Healdsburg Plaza, just a block to the south.

Architect Alan Cohen said Wednesday "it's hard to get people off the Plaza," but "this gives them a reason to walk that extra block."

The Planning Commission last month recommended approval. The only wrinkle was the number of on-site parking spaces — 16 — fell short of the city guidelines for 23.

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