Thursday, February 18, 2016

Events by Classic Group first commercial partner to lease space at Cooper-Molera Adobe in Monterey

Photo courtesy City of Monterey
Artist's rendering of the redwood barns being used as the Events Center on the Cooper-Molera Adobe property in Monterey. 

A little more on the company that's moving in to share space at Cooper-Molera:

Events by Classic Group is a full-service catering and event management company and has operations in two other historic buildings — the Perry House in Monterey and Gatherings in Pacific Grove.

Debbie Young, who owns Events by Classic Group with her husband and two other partners, said they have been in business for about 12 years. It is family-owned and operated – her husband Dean is executive chef and, in 2006, her father Jim and step-mother Cheryl came on board to round out the partnership.

Events by Classic Group has started taking bookings for a spring 2017 opening and will have the first weddings in May 2017.

Read the full story here.

A little more on the development partner who is renovating and upgrading the site to bring commercial use to the Cooper-Molera Adobe in Monterey.

Doug Wiele, founding partner of Foothill partners, got to know and work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which owns Cooper-Molera Adobe, when he was building the shopping center next to the adobe that includes Trader Joe's.

"I learned a lot along the way," Wiele said.

But Wiele has other developments near the adobe and shopping center sites. One is finished and the other is in the works.

The Fidelity Investments building on Munras Street across from the Trader Joe's shopping center is a Foothill Partners property and the lot next to it that was last a Valero gas station is slated for a Foothill's development.

El Cuartel Nuevo will be Foothill’s first retail and residential mixed use project, located in downtown Monterey and comprises 5,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space and ten small second floor workforce rental housing units. 

The project will be a public/private partnership with the City of Monterey.

The parcel has historic significance as it once housed offices of the Mexican government when this area was still part of Mexico and, interestingly, the property has had only three owners -- the Mexican government, the U.S. government and the city of Monterey.

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