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DARIUS ANDERSON WITHDRAWS HOTEL

Darius' Revised Jack London rendition
Darius' Revised Jack London rendition
According to today's Press Democrat Sunday Op-ed piece, Darius Anderson withdrew plans to develop his hotel. Opponents of the French Chateau turned Jack London hotel were pleased especially given the two additional hotels in the on deck circle namely Kessler's hotel Broadway at MacArthur and the Plaza Union hotel at BofA location on West Napa. 

Traffic, impact to the Plaza and loss of our small town feel have always been the primary threats to locals opposing the venture as well as local cronyism. Sonoman's just don't want to see their town become another Napa, Healdsburg, or Petaluma. 

When did Darius withdraw? No one knows.  Until today's reference no known articles have made such a declaration so we're treating it as breaking news. Official word at Planning Commission was he is resubmitting changes notwithdrawing. With great fanfare Darius revealed one sketch of his Jack London style. Now his blogger friends talk about a "Barracks" style. He opened his office for weekend chats with the town and held fireside chats to solicit input on design and popularity. Never does the grassroots effort recall discussion of withdrawal?  

Nonetheless if it's in the Press Democrat it must have merit. 

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131103/opinion/131109951?title=PD-Editorial:-No-on-B:-A-solution-in-search-of-a-problem
sal nero November 03, 2013 at 11:47 AM
More Dirty Politics is all. Leak it's withdrawn and maybe people don't vote. VERY NIXONIAN !This is even dirtier than the run up to Measure C so isn't it interesting that some of the same characters, like Mayor Brown and his bud Page are at the point of the spear placed nicely at Sonoma's throat. VOTE VOTE VOTE YES ON B
sal nero November 03, 2013 at 12:12 PM
I'm sure he's calculating announcing the removal of his project from the 2 other hotel projects will mitigate somewhat the now very clear fact that there is a wave of hotels queuing up for development in Sonoma.
Ralph Hutchinson November 03, 2013 at 01:58 PM
If he tries retail or office in the same location he may spark a commercial real estate Ballot initiative urging more of the City Plan to be updated. Maybe he is moving on SDC?
sal nero November 05, 2013 at 06:01 PM
It has always been a two track affair, in my opinion. We know what his newspaper did by tearing down SDC's reputation and sending in the Miwoks, Gorin, etc...

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