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.”