New tenant announced for anticipated project in Historic Folsom

A wine business will join Scott’s Seafood in a mixed-use project that’s been planned for more than a decade in Historic Folsom.

Willamette Wineworks will open a location on the second floor of a two-story building called the Roundhouse, those involved in the project announced Monday. A grand opening could take place in the fall.

The Roundhouse is the first part of a multi-phase project, which is expected to ultimately include additional retail, along with lofts and office space. Bernau Development Corp. owns the development, which is called Historic Folsom Station.

This past June, Bernau Development Corp. president Jerry Bernau estimated total project costs for the four-phase Historic Folsom Station at about $40 million. At the time, the Roundhouse building was expected to be 10,000 square feet.

Willamette Wineworks will feature food and wine pairings, as well as “a unique hands-on wine-blending experience” for customers, according to a news release.

The business is an extension of Willamette Valley Vineyards (Nasdaq: WVVI), which is based in Oregon. Jim Bernau, who founded Willamette Valley Vineyards, is Jerry Bernau‘s brother. The Folsom site will fill about 3,200 square feet, along with a 900-square-foot outdoor patio, according to Christine Collier Clair, winery director for Willamette Valley Vineyards.

“Joining my brother in his Historic Folsom Station development and connecting our family’s history to the area is a lifelong dream. We look forward to sharing our wine story through this new experience and being active members of the Folsom community,” Jim Bernau said in a news release.

Construction on the Roundhouse building got underway this past summer. A “raise the roof” celebration for the new building is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. The event is open to the public, and will feature food from Scott’s Seafood and beverages from Willamette Valley Vineyards.

“This culminates an 11-year effort by city leaders to create a vibrant living room for Folsom area residents, guests and tourists,” Jerry Bernau said in the news release.

Historic Folsom Station faced more than a decade of delays from the Great Recession, the end of redevelopment agencies and a city streetscape project.

Architecture in the new development, which is near an amphitheater and public parking garage, will draw strongly on the former Sacramento Valley Railroad depot where the project is being built.

This is a relocation for Scott’s Seafood, which is moving to Historic Folsom from its location on Greenback Lane. It will be on the first floor of the Roundhouse building.