Napa County took another step toward a $25 million acquisition of the Dey Labs property Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors voted to make it the county’s preferred site of the Health and Human Services Agency’s campus.

County staff will return to the board on Feb. 28 with a purchase-and-sale agreement between the county and the site’s owner, Mylan Inc. This would give the county four months to examine the buildings’ conditions and determine if the site is a good fit for Health and Human Services.

The site on Napa Valley Corporate Drive, south of Napa Valley College, spans 25 acres and boasts 93,000 square feet of office space in two buildings, with two others containing manufacturing, laboratory and warehouse space that would be leased out.

County officials say they believe it would be cheaper to consolidate Health and Human Services, now at locations on Old Sonoma Road and in downtown Napa, at the south Napa corporate park rather than construct new buildings at the Old Sonoma Road site.

The Old Sonoma site would require a phased-in tearing down of existing buildings followed by new construction. The cost estimate of the first phase of construction is estimated to be $27 million but would only result in 65,000 square feet of office space. The agency has estimated it needs 100,000 square feet of space to achieve its consolidation.

The board also voted Tuesday to certify the environmental impact report on the project. Dey Labs was once one of Napa County’s largest employers, but Mylan announced last summer that it was shuttering pharmaceutical operations at the site.

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You have to wonder if there is any competent public management left in this Valley…in just 20 short years they’ve managed to replace the top private sector tax paying employers with a growing list of tax consuming bloated government agencies.
Maybe it will take a rocket scientist to fix this mess when the walls come tumbling down.

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