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CALISTOGA — Calistoga Vista, a planned 50-unit, environmentally sensitive housing development with mixed commercial use, was approved and applauded by the city council on Tuesday.

Mayor Chris Canning praised the condominium project on Grant Street, telling the builder that he hopes they will be back to build more such projects in the future.

The project will bring 46 residential condos and four live/work townhomes at 1408 and 1506 Grant St., where a building is currently being used as a warehouse.

The warehouse was once a barn reportedly used in 1859 by Calistoga founder Sam Brannan as a horse stable for the nearby race track.

The interior wood of the warehouse will be repurposed and used in the interior of the condos, said Bob Massaro, co-founder and CEO of Healthy Buildings, which is building the complex.

All of the units will be rented — 42 at market rate and eight units deed-restricted for 55 years at 80 percent of the Area Median Income, with preference given to people who work in Calistoga “but can’t afford to live here,” Massaro said in December.

The project is planned to be platinum LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council to recognize environmentally friendly features). and includes a number of sustainable environmental features including solar, grey water, bioswales, LED lighting and energy efficient appliances.

The four live/work townhouses will face Grant Street and include about 440 square feet of office, or shop space, in the front with a two-bedroom living space behind the office and on the second floor.

The perimeter of the project is reserved for parking. The condo buildings surround a pool, community center and courtyard, designed in part to get people to know their neighbors and create a community.

The three condo buildings will include 18 studios, 15 one-bedroom units, nine one-bedroom with a flex-room units, two two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units. Each has either a patio or deck that leads to or faces directly into the courtyard area.

Two of the four buildings will be three stories, set back behind the Grant Street facing live/work townhomes, essentially blocking the street view of the taller buildings in the center of the parcel.

The community center, which will hold two community rooms, a small gym and kitchen, a tool library and the mailboxes will have a staircase and elevator up to a large roof deck. The roof deck will be a community space with shade trellises, tables and chairs and other seating, barbecues and views of the Palisades and vineyards to the north.

The courtyard area will have a swimming pool, pool building with two ADA-accessible bathrooms, green areas with shade trees, a community garden with tool storage and more tables and chairs.

The project was approved in December by the planning commission.

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