Dey labs

Napa County eyes Dey labs real estate purchase

Tight-lipped officials won’t say why
2012-11-17T22:30:00Z 2013-01-03T19:24:05Z Napa County eyes Dey labs real estate purchasePETER JENSEN Napa Valley Register
November 17, 2012 10:30 pm  • 

Napa County is making inquiries about buying the former Dey labs building in the Napa Valley Corporate Park, but county leaders aren’t explaining why.

The Board of Supervisors met in closed session on Tuesday to discuss the property, which included price and terms of payment, according to the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting.

The current occupant, Mylan Specialty, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, is slated to vacate the property by the end of 2013.

Noting that closed sessions are not open to the public, Supervisor Bill Dodd said Thursday that he couldn’t get into many specifics about what happened Tuesday. He did say the board wants to learn more about the property.

“It’s a fact-finding thing more than anything else,” Dodd said. “Right now, it’s just fact-finding.”

The two-story, 78,000-square-foot structure at 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive was once home to one of the biggest employers in Napa, Dey LP. But Dey was sold to Mylan in 2007. Following an announcement that Mylan would close the plant in 2008, the company shifted course and said it would remain open with a smaller workforce.

In June, Mylan announced that it was shuttering the plant and ending its Napa operations by December 2013.

Mylan did not respond to a request for comment last week.

County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht was also tight-lipped about the county’s interest in the building, but said, “If they were selling, we might be interested in buying.”

Supervisor Mark Luce declined to discuss in detail why the county might pursue the Dey labs building.

If nothing else, Dodd said the fact-finding mission could be a boon to the county’s capital improvement plans, which include a new jail facility and renovation of the Health and Human Services Agency’s campus and the county administration building.

The county is looking for a parcel of land where it can build a new jail outside of downtown. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support the search for a new location.

Supervisor Keith Caldwell identified one possible jail site, saying the county was in preliminary discussions about acquiring property up the road from the corporate park — a site adjacent to Napa State Hospital on the east side of Highway 221 that is currently leased by Pacific Supply.

Given the county’s interest in the commercial real estate market, Dodd said it might be useful to see the value of a nearby property.

“We are involved in big transactions,” Dodd said. “We should know what the real estate values are in the areas we’re looking in.”

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(7) Comments

  1. kevin
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    kevin - November 17, 2012 5:14 pm
    How much is it going to cost to transport prisoners to and from court, to and from work programs, to and from drug treatment programs, etc?

    Leave the jail downtown where it belongs...
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    THeENDisNEAH - November 17, 2012 8:00 pm
    Sorry old-timers. Times are changing. The new Napa Center and the waterfront would benefit from the jail and courthouse moving south. The economy here is tourism, and it just makes sense. The buildings are a blight.
  3. RichardS
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    RichardS - November 18, 2012 8:52 am
    Well as a former employee of this place and knowing the BAD condition of this building I hope they get it cheap! You need a complete new roof right away!!!!!!!
  4. napablogger
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    napablogger - November 18, 2012 10:54 am
    They must be thinking about a building for a jail, but would the hotel near there be happy about that? That is the whole reason the thing about moving out of downtown got started.

    Kevin, I agreed with you until I went to the latest version of the plan, now I am wary but neutral. Turns out that building downtown now will cost more than moving out. The plan is to leave the current building for bookings at the court and other county uses. People keep saying we need more space for the county offices, but I can't see it. For what?

    I'm wary because previously they said it would cost a lot more to move it out, and about 25 very vocal citizens engineered the whole move out of downtown. Suddenly the cost plan changed. No one like myself spoke up really for keeping it downtown. I went to the first meeting and it was like a riot of people demanding they move out, and no one else could get a word in edgewise. I gave up. It's a done deal now anyway.
  5. Sickothis
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    Sickothis - November 18, 2012 10:48 pm
    More likely they are assessing the building for future bio-science tenants napablogger.
  6. napablogger
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    napablogger - November 19, 2012 12:08 pm
    sot---would the county buy a building for a private enterprise?..or perhaps they are checking it out for someone else?
  7. gettingreal
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    gettingreal - November 19, 2012 3:01 pm
    What are they thinking? This is taxpayer money. The taxpayers have a right to know what they're doing. Shape up or ship out!
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