By Beth Schlanker/ Press Democrat
Petaluma planners OK rental homes at historic site
A neglected east Petaluma farmhouse built by Danish immigrants in 1906 will be rehabilitated and transformed into the centerpiece of a rental-home subdivision being built by Santa Rosa developer Hugh Futrell.
The city's planning commission has approved the 34-unit North McDowell Commons project and recommended the city council designate the house a local landmark.
Futrell said he hopes to begin construction this summer on eight detached single-family homes and 13 two- and three-bedroom duplexes that will surround the two-story Hansen House in the middle.
Long-term plans call for the Hansen House to be sold to an owner-occupant who will maintain the historical character of the structure, Futrell said. His company intends to own and maintain the rest of the subdivision.