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New owner, upgrades at Hotel Petaluma

The new owner of the historic Hotel Petaluma has begun a major update of the only single-room occupancy housing in Sonoma County.

Terry Andrews of Marin County bought the five-story 1923 building in October in a foreclosure sale after former owner Robert Miller, also of Marin County, defaulted on his loan.

Formerly a hotel, the building has long been an apartment complex where residents rent small rooms without kitchens and some shared bath facilities. Although not an official low-income housing complex, many of the tenants traditionally have been of lesser means.

The property, worth just under $5 million according to county property records, also includes several ground-floor businesses along Washington and Kentucky streets, including TAPS brew pub.

In late October, Andrews notified the 104 tenants of rent increases averaging about $40 that took effect this month, worrying some about what his plans for the building might be. Rents at the hotel will range from $675 to $795 per month.

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