American Canyon approves 148-unit apartment project

2014-08-31T14:00:00Z 2014-08-31T18:23:27Z American Canyon approves 148-unit apartment projectKERANA TODOROV Napa Valley Register

AMERICAN CANYON — The American Canyon City Council has approved plans for an apartment complex near Wal-Mart Supercenter after it was redesigned into a smaller complex and renamed.

The 148 unit-apartment complex, approved unanimously late last month, replaces a 180-unit plan that had drawn criticism from city council members and others.

One issue was tandem parking where vehicles would park one in front of another. Critics also cited the lack of affordable housing and the project’s need of city water, which this year is in tight supply.

Instead of naming the complex The Palms at Napa Junction, a name Vice Mayor Belia Ramos said reminded her of Las Vegas, The Reliant Group of San Francisco will call it Canyon Ridge.

“It’s a much better project than a month ago,” Councilmember Mark Joseph told the developers. “Thank you for hanging in there.”

The rest of the property may attract a hotel, retail and potentially a restaurant.

The American Canyon Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors came out to support the project, as did others including Anthony Quicho, president of Fil-Am of American Canyon and a former city planning commissioner.

The project, located on the north end of the city, represents “smart growth,” he said in a letter to the City Council. “It’s right next to Wal-Mart, and people living there will easily be able to commute up valley without crossing town as so many others do.”

The project, he said, tries to address the lack of housing options in American Canyon. Seniors who want to move into smaller housing and new immigrants could move there. “There is a real need for that,” he said of multi-family housing.

Lake Street Ventures, which has been developing Napa Junction for more than a decade, originally wanted to attract a big-box store and retail development for the 17-acre property north of Napa Junction Road.

The new complex replaces about 80,000 square feet of potential retail development. Lake Streets’ principal Vincent “Buzz” Butler said this summer the site, known as Napa Junction III, had not managed to attract retailers over the years.

The developers committed to making improvements along Napa Junction Road and at the intersection of the two-lane roadway with Highway 29. The new plan calls for eight apartments set aside as affordable housing in perpetuity. Tandem parking has been eliminated. To accommodate extra parking, one building is 11 feet smaller and parking has been added elsewhere.

The developer proposed 267 parking spaces, 27 fewer than city’s zoning rules require. They will also have to extend a recycled water line to the site.

The developers will also pay $50,000 to American Canyon’s low- to moderate-income housing program. They agreed to first hire local contractors, though that exact language will have to be developed by city staff and City Attorney William Ross.

Because the complex is now smaller and water demand will be less, the developers will not be required to contribute to paying for planned repairs of a leaky city water transmission line.

The Napa Junction development anchor is Wal-Mart Supercenter. It also includes retail, a Holiday Inn Express and Suites and The Lodge, a 216-unit apartment complex.

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    OBRIEN NAPA - August 28, 2014 2:38 pm
    Great job American Canyon!!! --- The Walmart was bad enough, now you desire even more traffic.

    The words "Smart Growth" and the parking lot that is "American Canyon" have no reason to ever be in the same article.
  2. Mashed Potatoes
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    Mashed Potatoes - August 28, 2014 5:58 pm
    Napans will not pay for another school for AM CAN. You want this development - you pay for the infrastructure.
  3. fresh
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    fresh - August 28, 2014 8:51 pm
    650 wineries in Napa...$0 paid in traffic fees!...5 million tourists...50,000 daily workers...80% of the traffic is pass thru commuters...12 million square feet of wine housing allowed in north Napa County....make American Canyon supply all the housing, then blame them for the traffic...if you're stuck in traffic in American Canyon it's because you're the one causing traffic for the residents!
  4. Flkeys1998
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    Flkeys1998 - August 28, 2014 11:16 pm
    What kind of fast food restaurant will be next in AC? Maybe a Chuckee Cheese.
  5. lakeside
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    lakeside - August 28, 2014 11:21 pm
    As one who grew up in Am Can..when it was the real Am Can...I am disgusted with what has happend there! Greed is the root of all evil. And that is a perfect example.
  6. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - August 29, 2014 9:13 am
    American Canyon does not have a local source of water.

    They're growth should be restricted as a result.
  7. Cadence
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    Cadence - August 31, 2014 5:56 pm
    Napans WILL pay if they're in NVUSD. Maybe when Napans are outnumbered by AmCan'ers, you can argue that AmCan pays.
  8. Cscooter
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    Cscooter - August 31, 2014 8:30 pm
    Dear mashed Potatoes,
    Not sure if you were aware but American Canyon is a part of the County of Napa. "Napa" has not paid solely for any schools in AC. Residents of NAPA county voted for this bond measure for the good of the county and AC was not the only schools in the district to benefit from the passing of this measure. Our tax dollars benefit the entire county.
  9. Cscooter
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    Cscooter - August 31, 2014 8:57 pm
    Developers should be allowed without the condition of building new schools. Middle school is to capacity. City officials should not be approving anything under current limitations in our schools.
  10. napan79
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    napan79 - August 31, 2014 11:28 pm
    Build more apartments when we are in drought, really not cool.
  11. rocketman
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    rocketman - September 01, 2014 6:20 am
    The most correct statement of the bunch...........they have no water and they want more growth. Ridiculous.........
  12. CT
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    CT - September 01, 2014 7:36 am
    City should not be approving anything due to their water supply.
  13. SlowhandKev
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    SlowhandKev - September 02, 2014 6:51 am
    A whopping 8 affordable housing apartments to justify a 148 unit water draining traffic bomb? Someone's getting paid...
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