Construction Update – Dec 12th 2019
After several months of working with the County of Santa Clara on new fire safety requirements that derailed our permit application this past summer, we seem to be making progress again towards getting building permits. The bad news is it looks like we will be required to do just under one million dollars in fire safety improvements to the building and property before we can start Phase 1 of our construction plans which focus on regaining public occupancy of the Back Cellars (3,6 &7), and a new employee break room and restroom in Cellar 2. The good news is that we potentially could have been required to do TWO million dollars in fire safety improvements. Phew. We are working with our landlords on a renegotiated lease that will protect us for a very long time when we move forward with the safety and other improvements we hope to make over the next three years. We don’t have any solid dates, but are hoping to break ground on our new construction projects as early as spring 2020.
We wish all you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Holiday and Christmas season! Thank you all for all of your passion, dedication and hard work! Each and everyone one of you are what makes Testarossa the “overnight” success we have become in just 26 short years!
Construction Update – Oct 7th, 2019
I wish I had more to share, but we are still in a dance with the Building Department to get our permits approved so construction can start. The main sticking point is reconciling our historic landmark qualifying buildings with the California Historic Building Code (CHBC) and the ever tightening fire safety requirements for new buildings and buildings that are submit permit applications for major renovations, which is us.
We have a fantastic code consultant, and amazing architect with tons of experience retrofitting historic buildings and a fantastic General Contractor who are all optimistic that we can work with the County on a mutually acceptable, and most importantly, safe solution for all of our team members, guests and vendors.
At this point we feel there is very little chance that construction will start in the next four to five months. Stay tuned.