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KEVIN MCCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 15, 2016

Hotel plans taking shape on Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square

The latest plans to turn downtown Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building into a boutique hotel have grown into an ambitious $18 million effort that would dramatically reshape most of the west side of Old Courthouse Square.

Drawings submitted recently to the city’s Design Review Board reveal that developer Hugh Futrell plans to renovate the interior of the 1908 Empire Building, add a third-story terrace café to the largely vacant building two doors down and create an attractive courtyard between them by demolishing the narrow building that stands there now.

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