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City Council Approves Development Agreement for a Proposed Reverb Hotel in Cotati

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2017 Cotati, CA

COTATI CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR A PROPOSED REVERB HOTEL IN COTATI, CA

At the City Council meeting on November 28, 2017, the City Council approved the development agreement with a long-time Sonoma County family to bring a proposed Reverb musically-themed boutique hotel to Cotati. Approval of the development agreement is the first step in what will be an on-going public process to review and comment on the proposed project.

The vision for the hotel is to capture elements of Sonoma County, past and present, that inform the Sonoma County lifestyle today. Every aspect of the hotel and grounds will be instantly recognizable as the Gateway to Cotati and blend into the Sonoma County aesthetic. The planned hotel is expected to include additional amenities such as an outdoor lounge and garden area, a small performance stage and area, adaptive meeting space, communal gathering areas, signature features such as sound booths to relax and listen to custom music tailored for each hotel guest, and a retail area for musical memorabilia and merchandise.

Following the meeting, Mayor Harvey stated, The musical focus of the Reverb-brand is a perfect match for Cotatis deep musical history. Were excited that they chose Cotati to bring this new concept that will fill what we believe is an unmet need for our active Sonoma County visitors that want to bike our hills, kayak in the Russian River, visit the Sonoma coast, enjoy the Sonoma County culinary and wine experience, and visit our local businesses.

The owners of the proposed hotel, the Molinaro Family, have been in Sonoma County since the late 1950s. With deep roots in Sonoma County, it is important to the Molinaro Family that the hotel Go Local. This includes the prioritizing the use of local wines, craft beers, and distilled spirits at the bar, local fruits and vegetables for hotel food offerings, and local musicians on the stage in the evening.

Ken Molinaro, president of the family owned company, said after the meeting Its such a joy for Alma and I to be building and operating a hotel in the area I grew up in. No matter how much time I spent away, Sonoma County has always been my home!

### About the City of Cotati ###

Cotati is the hub of Sonoma County, for both our central location and our historic hexagonal town square. Cotati is literally in the middle of it all. Were a small town which has managed to retain our charm while providing goods, services and entertainment options more typical of larger cities. Cotati has early beginnings as an agricultural trade center but developed into hot spot of the Bay Area music scene of the 1970s. Musicians including the Grateful Dead regularly performed in Cotati. Other performing artists included Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Waylon Jennings, George Winston, Jefferson Airplane, Hank Williams Jr., Etta James, and Joan Baez, to name a few. The rich agricultural and entertainment traditions continue today as we comfortably accommodate residents looking for a high quality of life, as well as visitors enjoying both local and county-wide attractions. Our authentic downtown balances urban Sonoma County with a relaxed, come as you are charm. We continue to host a variety of indoor and outdoor musical events, which are complemented by the offerings of nearby Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. For more information about the City of Cotati, visit: http://cotaticity.org #

For additional information contact Damien OBid, City Manager dobid@cotaticity.org