New streets are emerging at the Gasser Foundation project in south Napa, as a major swath of land is redeveloped into a new section of the city.

In the coming years, the area will become home to expanded auto dealerships and hundreds of new apartments.

Recent photos taken from a drone camera show the changes in south Napa, including new roadways, a roundabout, a new bridge and a new connection for Soscol Avenue and Gasser Drive.

“We’re really excited about having new housing in a very tight housing market,” as well as making it possible for a local auto dealer to expand in Napa and adding new retail and restaurant offerings in the area, said Gasser spokesman Joe Fischer.

“It’s gratifying to see that something that was envisioned so long ago is actually happening,” Fischer said.

The development is part of the Gasser Master Plan approved by the city in 2006.

Winter construction can be limited due to weather, but Fischer said some of the work that can be done includes adding curbs, paving streets, grading and some utilities and landscaping. Those new roads should be open for traffic in June, he said.

Hanlees auto dealers will build two new dealerships, one for Chrysler and other vehicles and the other for Subaru on a large section of land that will face Soscol Avenue. The current Hanlees auto building at 495 Soscol Ave. will continue to sell Volkswagen vehicles after the development is done.

Behind the Gasser commercial space, facing the river, will be the Napa Vista Tulocay housing complex.

A grading permit for that project, which is now owned by Fairfield Residential Company of San Diego, is imminent, Fischer said.

Fairfield will begin by building 282 units out of some 500 total apartment homes.

The Gasser Foundation is also in discussion with two developers for redevelopment of the current Hanlees Chrysler building at 333 Soscol and the parcel behind it, which totals about 10 acres.

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That space was once proposed as a home to a new city hall compound but the city decided to keep that complex downtown.

Fischer reflected on the beginnings of the Gasser project which, when completed, will have completely transformed the south part of Napa between Soscol and the Napa River.

Flood control was the key part of the process, he said. Without plans to control high water, this current expansion, the South Napa Century Center and Vista Tulocay “would not have been possible,” he said.

The Gasser Foundation wanted to offer shopping choices and housing to keep people living, working and spending their money in Napa, he said.

Gasser Foundation is a major Napa County philanthropy, using revenues from its developments to support local hospitals, schools and social services, including facilities for the homeless.

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Business Editor

Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.