What Does Rohnert Park Need?

You live here, what do you think our community needs?


With the November elections just around the corner, one big question for many residents of both Rohnert Park and Cotati is what will the future hold for our cities? During the last election budget issues and being fiscally responsible were important topics. But now with the Casino project as well as the SMART train project getting closer what else should we consider for our communities?

A few ideas that have floated around the patch from our local readers include:

  • Converting the old State Farm facility into a 'Downtown shopping area'
  • Upscale restaurants
  • More shopping options
  • A Brewery or Nightclub

Is there anything else our communities are missing that you would want to see? We want to hear your thoughts as to what we can use and why! 


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Graham Lower July 18, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I think It needs an Apple Store, in the old Pacific Market shopping center.
RC July 18, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Yes it does, great idea Graham! The whole plaza should be filled with a good variety. The businesses would do great with all the traffic going thru there.
RC July 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Rohnert Park also needs more locally owned upscale restaurants. And Burger City is finally out. It'd be incredibly nice to have a nice cafe with local gluten free baked goods by Grindestone Bakery, that also serves Ecco coffee move into that location. I'm sure there are entrepreneurs with the finances or able to find investors; please help give RP more love and character. Someone make it happen fast in order to keep the chains out please!
Wanda July 18, 2012 at 06:06 PM
There are way too many empty buildings here. Rohnert Park needs locally owned businesses of all kinds to fill these spaces.
Lilly July 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
We need a Sonic Drive-In. Strategically place it to bring business to whichever place needs it the most. I know many people who make the long trip out to the Sonic in American Canyon, and I am sure they would be overjoyed to have one closer to home. P.S. The last thing the town needs is a Brewery or Nightclub. Those are right up there with Bars and Pubs, and we have plenty of those.
Graham Lower July 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I think it is flawed group a brewery with a nightclub, bar, and even a pub. There is a significant higher value in bringing a brewery to the community: Culturally speaking, patrons have a much higher identification with a brewery than any of the other three. Whereas a pub, bar or nightclub predominately is a local draw, a brewery has the ability to have much wider appeal, extending beyond city, country and even state borders (some even international). Bear Republic in Healdsburg, Russian River in Santa Rosa, Lagunitas in Petaluma, Moylan’s in Novato: all have significant followings , influence beyond the state and add significant value to their respective cities. Lastly, beer culture may not currently be as wide spread as wine culture, but it is rapidly growing; the ability to tell someone from Southern California, for example, that live and work between Lagunitas and Russian River and have them know where that it really speaks to that (granted I was as a beer festival raising money for breast cancer, but this really happened this past weekend).
Graham Lower July 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Additionally, a brewery can have a much greater financial impact to a city because it is not only a restaurant but also manufacturing. When Dempsey’s produces beer for Murphy’s pub in Sonoma under Murphy’s brand, that money flowed back through Petaluma, eventually adding to their coffers. When someone orders Racer 5 from Bear Republic in any of the 84 placed New York City, that money is flowing back through Healdsburg and adding to their tax base. Additionally, because of the non-trivial investment, a brewery is much more likely to stay put and ride out any financial rough spots, unlikely to pop up in the next city over, much like Cattlemens almost did in the talked about move from Santa Rosa to Rohnert Park.
Graham Lower July 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
If Rohnert Park is serious about bring culture to the Friendly City, increase their tax base with the type of business that is going to stay, and wants a business that is going to either be wholly, or at least significantly, local, a brewery has the chance to be a great fit.
Nick Walden July 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Excellent points Graham. I agree that a brewery is a good choice compared to a nightclub and as a good business option for its affect on the community.
RC July 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM
NO nightclub please! Graham should join the council members for a better influence and represent us taxpayers.
Megan Ravely Hede July 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Lilly, I see there is a new burger place by Olivers (not Sonic) but worth a try ... it would be nice if that Patch highlighted more local / family owned businesses .... and I agree, the LAST thing we need is another bar / pub or nightclub. The Friendly City needs to focus on attracting and keeping young families not College kids.
Wanda July 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I agree with RC.


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