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Apparently the city of Napa is starting to take advantage of its location at the mouth of the most well known "wine trail" in North America.

After my dad told me Napa the city is best known for its state insane asylum, I almost did not stay there this last weekend. But I found a nice hotel online and figured St Helliers was a just short drive. Well, after going, I kind of liked Napa better. I'ts not teeming with tourists like St.Helliers but has pretty much anything a tourist would want besides maybe Taylors. For me however there is a ton of new construction down in Napa and that makes it better in my book. In 10 years this place will be a very nice small city. It has a higher potential in my opinion. it will be quaint and cute, but it will also be a living city where people who have jobs live and play along side the wealthy tourists.

I will highlight what I saw and break it down into projects as much as I can. It really is impressive what this small city is doing right now.

The city recently finished a Riverwalk area and a small park along Main St.

Across the street from the park, is a recently finished mixed use building that has an Itallian place on the ground floor. It fits with the downtown and is all of about 4 floors.

Riverside

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The entire riverfront area between 5th and 3rd and Main and the river is right now in the middle of construction. I think it is at 5 floors right now. There is also a large parking garage.

It will be the city's first mixed-use project.

$50 million spent on the two-tower project with offices, 50 condos, retail space and a 40-foot-wide deck along the Napa River.

the condo is sold out and has 170+ on the waiting list. This bodes well for Napa during this "down econemy"

Westin Verasa Napa Residences

A condo hotel is being built a little north of downtown

I found this link with the below map

http://realestate.halogenguides.com/archiv...ces-condo-hotel

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The location is Just south of the recently completed napa valley wine trail train station. I think this link should show the construction.

http://www.condohotels.com/articles/city_c...condo_hotel.php

SNIP

With wishes for speedy construction, Napa City Council gave final approval Tuesday for the 180-room hotel carrying the Westin name and aspiring to AAA's four-diamond luxury rating.

Copia

This is the California wine center. I did not see it, but it is part of the big movement to make coming to downtown worth while for wine lovers.

Oxbow Market

a 40,000-square-foot riverside marketplace that will feature 25 local food vendors and 10 organic farmstands.

Tenants include Taylor's Automatic Refresher, so maybe Napa will in fact have a Taylors :)

Main Street West

on Main and Clinton streets is basicly a new street frontage. running the length of a block.

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Napa Square

Project description:

57,000 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of retail space with underground parking

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underground parking, 57,000 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of retail. Across the street will be a 450-space parking garage and the five-story Inn at Town Center with 12,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space, scheduled to open in late 2008.

This is very much under construction. Both sides of first street are at the 2nd floor height and in full construction near school street.

And while there I saw a big news article that I looked up for the link. this seems to be the biggest piece of news

City approves Ritz-Carlton

http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles...d6412452247.txt

Napa City Council approved a 351-room riverfront Ritz-Carlton resort shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A Florida-based development company will build a posh five-diamond tourist destination costing more than $200 million at the northwest corner of First Street and Silverado Trail, where not long ago garbage trucks parked at night.

It is kind of across the river from downtown proper, but the effect will be immense.

I also found a web site for downtown

http://www.napadowntown.com/

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I WILL BE EDITING THE HECK OUT OF THIS POST so maybe read it on the 24th so I can organize all the info I have here and the stuff I have not added, and my pictures too.

Cheers

Apparently the city of Napa is starting to take advantage of its location at the mouth of the most well known wine area in North America.

After my dad told me Napa the city is best known for its state insane asylum, I almost did not stay there this last weekend. But I found a nice hotel online and figured St Helliers was a just short drive. Well I kind of liked Napa. its not teeming with tourists like St.Helliers, and there is a ton of new construction down in Napa. In 10 years this place will be a very nice small city.

The city recently finished a riverwalk area and a small park along Main St.

Across the street, is a recently finished mixed use building that has an itallian place in the ground floor. it fits with the downtown and is all of about 4 floors.

The riverfront area between 5th and 3rd is right now in the middle of construction. it looks like condos and retail to me. I think it is at 6 floors right now. there is also a large parking garage.

A condo hotel is being built a little north of downtown

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=U...mp;t=h&z=18

The location is Just south of the recently completed napa valley wine trail trade. I think this link should show the construction.

http://www.condohotels.com/articles/city_c...condo_hotel.php

SNIP

With wishes for speedy construction, Napa City Council gave final approval Tuesday for the 180-room hotel carrying the Westin name and aspiring to AAA's four-diamond luxury rating.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/st.../08/focus2.html

And while there I saw a big news article that I looked up for the link

http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles...d6412452247.txt

City approves Ritz-CarltonNapa City Council approved a 351-room riverfront Ritz-Carlton resort shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A Florida-based development company will build a posh five-diamond tourist destination costing more than $200 million at the northwest corner of First Street and Silverado Trail, where not long ago garbage trucks parked at night.

it is kind of across the river from downtown proper, but the effect will be immense.

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I WILL BE EDITING THE HECK OUT OF THIS POST so maybe read it on the 24th so I can organize all the info I have here and the stuff I have not added, and my pictures too.

Cheers

Apparently the city of Napa is starting to take advantage of its location at the mouth of the most well known wine area in North America.

After my dad told me Napa the city is best known for its state insane asylum, I almost did not stay there this last weekend. But I found a nice hotel online and figured St Helliers was a just short drive. Well I kind of liked Napa. its not teeming with tourists like St.Helliers, and there is a ton of new construction down in Napa. In 10 years this place will be a very nice small city.

The city recently finished a riverwalk area and a small park along Main St.

Across the street, is a recently finished mixed use building that has an itallian place in the ground floor. it fits with the downtown and is all of about 4 floors.

The riverfront area between 5th and 3rd is right now in the middle of construction. it looks like condos and retail to me. I think it is at 6 floors right now. there is also a large parking garage.

A condo hotel is being built a little north of downtown

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=U...mp;t=h&z=18

The location is Just south of the recently completed napa valley wine trail trade. I think this link should show the construction.

http://www.condohotels.com/articles/city_c...condo_hotel.php

SNIP

With wishes for speedy construction, Napa City Council gave final approval Tuesday for the 180-room hotel carrying the Westin name and aspiring to AAA's four-diamond luxury rating.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/st.../08/focus2.html

And while there I saw a big news article that I looked up for the link

http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles...d6412452247.txt

City approves Ritz-CarltonNapa City Council approved a 351-room riverfront Ritz-Carlton resort shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A Florida-based development company will build a posh five-diamond tourist destination costing more than $200 million at the northwest corner of First Street and Silverado Trail, where not long ago garbage trucks parked at night.

it is kind of across the river from downtown proper, but the effect will be immense.

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A lot seems to be happening in Napa. That's great to hear...I haven't been up there in a while, but after reading your post I want to get back to the wine country. I'm glad you didn't let your father's insane asylum comment deter you from staying in Napa...I have no idea where it is located in Napa, though I never actually looked it up...Indeed St Helena does seem to have more art galleries and tourists than Napa. Cheers!

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The Riverfront

Project Overview:

"The Riverfront is strategically located on Main Street at the Third Street Bridge, the gateway to Downtown Napa. This beautiful mixed-use property is adjacent to the Silverado Trail, Napa Opera House and the many hotel projects currently under way.

European-styled architecture and the location on the Riverwalk set the stage for the finest restaurant operators to enter this dynamic market. The Riverfront in Napa will become an essential destination for the nearly five million visitors to the Napa Valley each year.

Over 200,000 residents with an average household income in excess of $93,000.00 will be drawn to this special place. Downtown Napa is center to the business activity for the region with over 33,000 people working within five miles of The Riverfront."

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News: http://www.mspsinc.com/riverfrontNews.html

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Nice renderings.

It really does seem like a no-brainer with the 5,000,000 wine trail visitors at the doorstep, all Napa needs to do is give them beds to sleep in and even a tiny reason to keep em in town for a few hours and the rest will take care of itself. 5 Million affluent tourists is an absolutely amazing asset.

I think a convention center/hotel downtown like 3 blocks from the river would be the ideal catalyst for the region.

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Definitely. There has to be variety, or a city will only attract one demographic, which becomes problematic in an economic downturn.

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The issue with these modern 'European' styled developments is that developers (especially in the current economic climate) go cheap on it. Locally, in Charlotte, we had a new 'European' style development open up downtown that promised cobble-stone avenues and other 'European" style elements...what we ended up with was a cheap knockoff similar to what you would find at Epcot Center at Disney, complete with styrofoam exteriors.

I really wish developers would call it like it really is. Hopefully this particular development will live up to the promises.

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