On the heels of a decision to open downtown Napa’s one-way streets up to two directions of traffic comes one that will allow a two-way street to be limited to one-way traffic.
Last week, the Napa City Council unanimously agreed to allow St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School to close off Caymus Street, between Main and Yajome streets north of downtown, to westbound traffic.
The approval also allows the church to stripe diagonal parking on the north side of the street and maintain the parallel parking on the south side of Caymus, according to a city staff report on the subject.
The work will be handled by the school, which will also foot the bill for the changes, the city said. The only costs the city expects to incur are the staff time needed to process permits and conducts inspections, which will be covered by application and permit fees.
According to previous Register reports, the church plans to build a 17,000-square-foot Napa Valley Youth Center to provide year-round athletic activities and after-school and summer programs. Among the proposed facility’s amenities is a two-story, 11,000-square-foot gym.
The upgrades are expected to cost $5.8 million, the church reported. As of October, $2.75 million had been raised.
The new facility would be built on the school’s playground, resulting in the loss of 52 parking spaces, according to previous reports. The asphalt playground is currently used for parking during non-school hours.
The applicant’s map shows 34 diagonal parking spaces on Caymus once the street is converted to one-way traffic.
City planners said they did not know when the church plans to make the street changes. Church officials declined to comment on Monday.
In a previous Register report, the church said the street changes were to happen before the construction on the new facility, which is expected to open in late 2014 or early 2015.
The city does not expect the street changes to negatively impact the area, the staff report said.
“Caymus Street does not directly connect to Soscol Avenue (located to the east of Caymus Street), thus the volume of traffic traveling westbound on Caymus Street is significantly lower than the surrounding parallel streets,” the city report said.
The city said Father Gordon Kalil of St. John’s had reached out to neighbors and had not received any objections to the changes.