Sunday, September 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Controversy fading at Third and G, new building to come

By
From page A1 | June 17, 2014 |

Out with the old and in with the new.

A pair of age-old, one-story downtown buildings — totaling 2,475 square feet — are moving toward their July demolition. The buildings are slated to be rebuilt as a single, two-story 4,974-square-foot commercial space ready for business in January.

The move is part of the city’s overall goal of infill and densification. But it wasn’t made in haste, as the city and property owner had concerns for the four retail and service tenants that occupied the building before the owner decided it was time to push forward with a facelift.

The building at 239 G St. is more than 100 years old, said property owner Anthony Ruebner, who was born in Davis and lives in Lafayatte. It doesn’t meet current earthquake safety standards.

“It’s been a bit of all hands on deck dealing with that building,” Ruebner said.

For years, 40 in fact, Ruebner’s family had been minority owners in 239 G St. For years, he said, the ownership either wouldn’t or couldn’t come to an agreement on whether and how to remodel the space, with the Ruebner family firmly in the camp of wanting to remodel.

That deadlock changed in 2014 when the other partners sold their stakes in the building to the Ruebners. First on the list was a remodel of the venerable Tibet Nepal space, Ruebner said. Yet all didn’t go as planned.

An architectural estimate proved surprising: “We quickly learned it was a 110-year old building.” The remodel would have to involve total demolition.

For the eventual investment to pencil out, Ruebner told the Davis planning commissioners that he needs a two-story building, with office space up top, and two to three retail spaces below.

“Because three sides are frontage, there will be a lot of glass,” Ruebner said.

An infill project, the city planning department recommended its approval by the Planning Commission in March, but supporters of the tenants of the building raised concerns at the meeting. While the commission’s job is to evaluate building plans and not think much about the economic prospects of commercial tenants, there was pointed  criticism of the design of the building and how well it “fit in” with the neighborhood.

“I’m absolutely shocked by this,” Commissioner Marilee Hanson said of the architect’s spare, modern design in March. “… I can’t believe something better than this can’t be proposed.”

Yet there also was support on the commission. Commissioner Cheryl Essex felt it was the right kind of design.

“It’s a very restrained modern design,” she said in March. “It’s not trying to make a statement all by itself.”

Ultimately the commission asked Ruebner to come back with a better presentation, including better representations of the color of the building.

Ruebner came back in April doing just that and won approval for the design, the last step in the approval process at the commission level. Other permits are needed for demolition and construction, said Mike Webb, community development and sustainability director, but those would be handled by city staff.

One key mark of goodwill Ruebner has focused on was to find new spaces for all four of his former and soon-to-be former tenants.

Barber Sukh Banwait of Razor’s Edge Barber Shop is moving to Second and G streets in the Depot Building near Subway.

While relieved to find a place, he was a bit stressed out.

“I gotta say, I don’t wish the experience I have had over the last few months on anyone,” he said. “Being displaced and being forced to grow your business without a proper business plan is very risky.”

Tibet Nepal relocated to 233 F St. where owner Hera Shakya said customers appreciate more natural light in its new location. Jeeba Jewelry will move to a suite in the adjacent Court ‘N Cedar building in July. Nails Only expects to move to a new location on D Street and expand its services.

— Reach Dave Ryan at dryan@davisenterprise.net or call 530-747-8057. Find him on Twitter at @davewritesnews

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Bet Haverim hosts High Holy Day services

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    Teams assess damage as wildfire burns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Driver arrested for DUI after Saturday morning crash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Help raise funds for juvenile diabetes cure

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Jewelry, art for sale at Senior Center

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Community Meals needs cooks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Hawk Hill trip planned Sept. 30

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Send kids to camp!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Da Vinci awarded $38,000 for restorative justice program

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Outdoor yoga marathon celebrates community

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Wise words

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

    Awareness is key to this fight

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Where is this going?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A6

    We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A6

     
    Options for protection come with flu season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Are we there yet? Not enough hours in the day to goof off

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

     
    Don’t sell city greenbelt

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Paso Fino project is flawed

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Paso Fino — it’s not worth it

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Archer will get my vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    It’s time for Davis Scouts to stand up for what is right

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Mike Keefe cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Building something at schools’ HQ

    By Our View | From Page: A10

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Maybe David can beat Goliath again

    By Lynne Nittler | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Sports

    DHS gets on its Morse to beat Edison

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    JV Blue Devils drop low-scoring affair

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B2

     
    Republic FC’s fairy tale season continues

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Wire briefs: Giants rally falls short in San Diego

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Four local swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    ‘We’re a way better team’ than record, says UCD’s Shaffer

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie men pound Pomona-Pitzer in the pool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4

    Davis 15-year-old making a splash in European F4 series

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Ladies Foursome’ adds shows

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    .

    Business

    UCD grad’s startup earns kudos at TechCrunch event

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Styles on target for November debut

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7

    MBI hires VP of marketing

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Taylor Morrison unveils new Woodland community next weekend

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Rob White: What is an ‘innovation center’?

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Carol L. Walsh

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, September 21, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8