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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kevin McCallum

Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square hotel project adds space, new partners

The effort to transform Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building into a boutique hotel has picked up some additional real estate and financial backing.

Developer Hugh Futrell, who purchased the clock tower-topped downtown landmark for $2.2 million in July, on Tuesday announced two new partners in the project.

Zack Berkowitz, the owner of the neighboring commercial building 19 Old Courthouse Square, has agreed to allow the second floor of his building to serve as an annex for the hotel.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Kevin McCallum

Santa Rosa’s Empire Building sells for $2.2 million

Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building was sold for $2.2 million Friday to a partnership headed by developer Hugh Futrell, who has plans to turn the stately 1908 structure into a boutique hotel.

“I’m excited about the opportunity for downtown and my firm,” Futrell said Monday.

The iconic clock-tower-topped building had been owned for decades by members of a law firm that occupied the upper floors. It had been on the market for about two years, listed by broker Paul Schwartz of Terra Firma Global Partners.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

KEVIN MCCALLUM- THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Historic Empire Building could become boutique hotel

The historic Empire Building in downtown Santa Rosa is being sold to a developer who plans to turn it into a boutique hotel.

Hugh Futrell, who transformed the long-vacant former AT&T building downtown into the new home of Luther Burbank Savings, says he expects to complete the purchase of the iconic four-story edifice July 15.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

KEVIN MCCALLUM

Tenants move into new offices in Santa Rosa’s former AT&T building

A decade-long effort to breathe life back into the abandoned concrete bunker that was the former AT&T building reached its latest milestone this week when employees of two Santa Rosa-based businesses moved into stylish new offices in the remodeled downtown edifice.

About 100 executive and administrative staff of Luther Burbank Savings took up residence on the fourth and fifth stories of the building early in the week, consolidating operations that had been split among four different Fourth Street office buildings.

“We have room to breathe now, and room to grow,” said John Biggs, CEO of Sonoma County’s largest locally based financial company.

And on Friday, 31 employees of TLCD Architecture made their move-in official with a whimsical chair parade. Workers rolled their desk chairs in the rain from their old offices on Santa Rosa Avenue two blocks north to their open, austere new digs on the second story of a building now known — for the moment — as Museum on the Square.

A decade-long effort to breathe life back into the abandoned concrete bunker that was the former AT&T building reached its latest milestone this week when employees of two Santa Rosa-based businesses moved into stylish new offices in the remodeled downtown edifice.

About 100 executive and administrative staff of Luther Burbank Savings took up residence on the fourth and fifth stories of the building early in the week, consolidating operations that had been split among four different Fourth Street office buildings.

“We have room to breathe now, and room to grow,” said John Biggs, CEO of Sonoma County’s largest locally based financial company.

And on Friday, 31 employees of TLCD Architecture made their move-in official with a whimsical chair parade. Workers rolled their desk chairs in the rain from their old offices on Santa Rosa Avenue two blocks north to their open, austere new digs on the second story of a building now known — for the moment — as Museum on the Square.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

BY GARY QUACKENBUSH SPECIAL TO THE BUSINESS JOURNAL

Santa Rosa’s Museum on the Square wins top office project award

Museum on the Square is a makeover of the 520 Third St. former AT&T Switching Center by developer and general contractor Hugh Futrell Corporation, has transformed a decommissioned 100,000-square-foot nuclear blast–resistant telephone building in the heart of Santa Rosa into a vibrant mixed-use project.

“Along with the upcoming redesign of the adjacent Courthouse Square, this project will play a key role in the revitalization of the downtown area and is an example of urban ‘green’ development,” said President Hugh Futrell.

 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

KEVIN MCCALLUM - PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa City Council takes big step toward reunified Old Courthouse Square

Nearly 50 years ago, Santa Rosa demolished the county courthouse that sat in the middle of a square in the heart of downtown and ran four lanes of Mendocino Avenue through the space where it once stood.

On Tuesday, after more than 30 years of consideration, the Santa Rosa City Council took its biggest step yet toward reunifying the two sides of Old Courthouse Square and creating a vibrant public space that aims to revitalize the downtown economy in the process.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

BY JEFF QUACKENBUSH BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF REPORTER

Top North Bay commercial real estate developers in 2015

Hugh Futrell
CEO, Hugh Futrell Corp.
200 Fourth St., Ste. 250, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-568-3482; hughfutrellcorp.com
North Bay commercial projects: Museum on the Square, Santa Rosa — extensive renovation of the former AT&T downtown switching building into five-story commercial building. 250 Davis St., Santa Rosa — four-story, 70,000-square-foot class A office building with ground-floor retail and interior parking; approved. 888 Fourth St., Santa Rosa — seven-story mixed-use building with 6,200 square feet of office and retail space and 52 housing units; approved.

 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Alvin Jornada/ Press Democrat

Museum on the Square in Santa Rosa

Photos of construction progress from October 2015.

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