A barrel storage and repair facility and a special wine events project were both approved at last week’s Planning Commission meeting.

Barrel Builders, which has its main operations in St. Helena, will lease about 9,700 square feet of space in the former Calistoga Beverage Co. facilities located at 865 Silverado Trail.

In May 2013, the Planning Commission approved a use permit for a new winery to use about 27,000 square feet of the southern portion of the property, but the winery hasn’t acted on the permit yet.

The 14.6-acre property includes the 123,600-square-foot industrial building that is now vacant. Barrel Builders will store and repair barrels at the Calistoga facility and expects to have four employees working there.

Initially the business will store 200 barrels and will expand to about 2,000.

The Planning Commission also approved a use permit for special events with live entertainment for Domaine Somm, a wine and events concierge service that currently operates a business at 1345 Lincoln Ave.

Domaine Somm plans to host 40 to 50 private wine events in its second floor space with anywhere from 10 to 40 attendees. The majority of the events will take place in the evenings or late afternoons on weekends.

Most retailers in the vicinity close at 6 p.m. when Domaine Somm would likely begin any events. The Planning Commission agreed to waive an in-lieu parking fee and will monitor the parking situation there to ensure there is sufficient parking during the events.

“A lot of the groups would arrive by shuttle or would be staying downtown,” said Lynn Goldberg, planning and building director.

That combined with events taking place when neighboring businesses are closed were the basis for the commission’s decision, she said.

Historically the space was used as an assembly area for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Domaine Somm expects to begin hosting events there sometime in March. The types of events include bridal showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday or anniversary celebrations, corporate events, trade events, artists receptions, educational programs and more.

Any food served will be provided by a licensed caterer, and music may be provided by live musicians or a DJ.

The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m.


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