A Mercedes auto museum, a bingo game supplier, a yeast producer, a church, the Department of Motor Vehicles, a high-end resort and spa and several wineries. Such is the diverse and growing list of tenants that now call Napa Valley Corporate Park home.
Noting that its current tenant mix has evolved beyond the original light industrial and commercial uses, the park’s board of directors recently renamed the corporate park “Napa Valley Commons.”
The move better reflects the reality of today’s business mix, including hospitality, retail and commercial firms, said Kory Kramer, president of the Napa Valley Commons board of directors. Kramer is also a vice president at Pacific Hospitality Group, which owns the Meritage Resort and Spa at the south end of the park.
The new name will create “a better sense of community and get the word out this is an important part of the Napa Valley,” Kramer said. “People don’t know what’s going on there and who the tenants are.”
The park, built in 1988, includes the Meritage Resort and Spa, Trinitas Cellars, Falcor Winery, Patz & Hall winery, La Tavola Linens, Bergin Glass Impressions, Saver Glass, a Kaiser Permanente data center, Phyterra Yeast, The Father’s House, Pacific Union and Boston Reed colleges, UPS and the Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, among others.
Using a property owner assessment, the board has implemented a number of improvements including adding new landscaping irrigated by reclaimed water. New street and directional signs will also be installed.
At approximately 250 acres, Napa Valley Commons is city’s largest commercial park. Parcels are individually owned, noted Kramer. Napa Valley Commons currently consists of 28 buildings totaling 1.6 million square feet, plus Meritage Resort and Vino Bello hotel properties.
It is estimated that more than 2,500 employees work in the park. More than 25 acres remain available for development. Currently, there is 162,000 square feet of office, warehouse and light industrial space available within Napa Valley Commons.
Three major parcels owned by LBA Realty (formerly Bedford Property Investors) remain undeveloped in the area, Kramer said. One of them is directly across from the Meritage Resort.
“I think the hotel would like to see a complementary use” at that parcel such as conference and meeting space, retail or food and beverage uses, Kramer said.
Kramer said the possibility of Napa Pipe being developed behind the park did not play into the decision to rebrand the center. “It’s not a reality yet,” he said of Napa Pipe plans.
Jay Spangenberg, property manager at Napa Valley Commons, said he has asked the city for permission to change the name of Napa Valley Corporate Way to Napa Valley Commons Way.
The name of the main interior street, Napa Valley Corporate Drive, will not change, he said.
Napa Valley Corporate Way and Napa Valley Corporate Drive are similar in name, Spangenberg noted. With the change, “The streets will have unique names. It’s also a way to have the identity of the park be more recognizable,” he said.