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Before Michael Wolff could persuade his father to move down from Oregon, the Santa Rosa resident had to figure out where he would live. Local rents, averaging nearly $2,000 a month, were too expensive for a retiree’s budget. Wolff, a general contractor, considered splitting a lot he had purchased and building two houses side by side, one for his own family and the other for his dad.
It took five months, but the trio wrangled all 42 signatures. Groundbreaking on the wall began in November 2018. Contractors Farrow, Mountain G and Wolff Contracting donated labor for demolition and disposal of the old wall.
Coffey Strong, in partnership with AshBritt Environmental and Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, is pleased to announce the completion of the Hopper Walls Project. A dedication will take place on Saturday, August 24th at 10am @ Coffey Lane and Hopper Avenue, at the northeast corner.
Already thrown off course by a location change and the devastating wildfires in 2017, the final work on the set of 14 tiny homes was due for December 2018. Then the rain started.
“It rained most of the month, but Michael was out there working through most of it,” said Supervisor Shirlee Zane. “He knew if people were sleeping in that, he could work through it to give them a home.”
Contractor Michael Wolff, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq, had already underbid to ensure his firm got this job. And he wasn’t going to let anyone down now.
Fires ravaged thousands of North Bay homes in minutes about 13 months ago, but collecting and hauling the debris from those sites took months.
The last truck load of ash and materials from the fires came out in June, ending government-sponsored cleanups in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake…
The Waring Court homesite was the last to be cleared of fire debris in the northwest Santa Rosa neighborhood, where 1,200 houses burned during last fall’s deadly wildfires. “It’s time for the next chapter,” said Wolff, CEO of Wolff Contracting in Santa Rosa. “It feels like now we’re really into the building phase.”
For now the trailers can stay.
The camp trailers on family property of Santa Rosa contractor Michael Wolff, which serve as temporary homes for workers clearing fire debris, won’t result in fines this week against Wolff, a city official said Wednesday.
“We want to try to make this all work out,” said David Gouin, the city’s director of Housing and Community Services. more
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | KEVIN MACCALLUM | February 7, 2018
A Santa Rosa contractor providing a free place for employees to live while they clean up wildfire debris is in a showdown with the city because he lacks permits to park trailers on his vacant lot, a dispute that could force him to evict the workers from his Coffey Park property. more
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | KEVIN MCCALLUM | February 7, 2018
A Santa Rosa contractor providing a free place for employees to live while they clean up wildfire debris is in a showdown with the city because he lacks permits to park trailers on his vacant lot, a dispute that could force him to evict the workers from his Coffey Park property.
Michael Wolff has been letting workers live in 10 trailers on his family’s Dennis Lane property just north of Coffey Park, where 1,400 homes burned in the devastating Tubbs fire. more
After getting off to a good start last November, the big cleanup of Sonoma County’s 5,500 burned homes was halted due to a major contract dispute. That dispute was settled, and on Jan. 18 cleanup crews started in earnest cleaning burned home sites in the Treehaven and Lawndale Road areas in Kenwood and Warm Springs Road and other areas in Glen Ellen. more