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Codding Enterprises’ Sonoma Mountain
Village – a mixed-use community in Northern
California – will be one of the most sustain-
able developments in the United States once
completed in 2020.

Gravitating Toward Green

Expected to be the largest mixed-use development in Northern California, the $1 billion Sonoma
Mountain Village is pioneering WWF International’s One Planet Living program in North America.
By Fernie Grace Tiflis new retail buildings, parking structures and health club; and

T wo years ago, Codding Enterprises’ dream of develop-

ing a community where everything can be reached
by foot came closer to reality when the real estate
developer purchased a 200-acre site in Rohnert Park in Son-
oma County, Calif. The site – Sonoma Mountain Village
628 residential units of all types.
Leasing of commercial space at SMV has been brisk, the
company says. In November, AT&T will open and be among
the 17 tenants bringing hundreds of employees to Rohnert
Park. SMV is already home to Codding Steel Frame Solu-
(SMV) – is the former home of Agilent Technology Campus, tions, a recycled steel-framing manufacturing facility; Son-
a spin-off of Hewlett-Packard. oma Mountain Business Cluster, a sustainable-oriented and
The estimated $1 billion mixed-use development is the socially relevant business incubator; and Red Condor, an e-
largest project in Codding’s history. When completed in mail spam and anti-virus filterer, to name a few.
2020, it will consist of 750,000 square feet of commercial Local caterer Sally Tomatoes has leased the former cafete-
space, including 200,000 square feet of retail. It will also ria space and will provide foodservice to tenants and cater
include 1,900 homes – 900 proposed apart- programs at the 21,000-square-foot events center.
Codding Enterprises –
Sonoma Mountain Village ments and condominium units and 1,000
www.sonomamountainvil- single-family homes, in addition to office Model Development and light industrial structures. SMV is not just the biggest project the company has under-
Estimated value: $1 billion
Employees: 70 SMV is in the entitlement stage of the taken, CEO Brad Baker notes. It is the largest sustainable
Project type: Sustainable, master planned community and has alr- mixed-use community in Northern California, and one of
mixed-use development eady begun work on Phase 1A. Phase 1A the most sustainable developments in the United States,
Brad Baker, CEO: “We are cre-
ating a deeply sustainable com- includes adaptive reuse of existing build- he says. “We hope it to be a model for future develop-
munity.” ings; the build out of the Village Square; ments in Northern California and the rest of the