Borreo Building

The Borreo Building at Third Street and Soscol Avenue will be redeveloped for a restaurant.

J.L. Sousa/Register file photo

A transformation of the historic, but empty, Borreo Building in downtown Napa has gained the support of the city Planning Commission.

The remodeling, which would convert the 1877 landmark into a restaurant, bar and brewery, won planners’ unanimous approval Thursday without comment. The vote followed the Cultural Heritage Commission’s ruling last week that changes to the Italian Renaissance-style stone-block edifice — including the addition of a patio and six large overhead doors on its west wall to open a view to the Napa River and downtown — would not harm its architectural value.

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West Pueblo Partners, a group of Napa County developers, seeks to buy the building from the city for $1.7 million. Construction is expected to start within two months, with a goal of opening the restaurant by year’s end, according to Kevin Teague, a lawyer and partner in the project.

Unoccupied for 15 years, the Borreo earlier was offered to the Land Trust of Napa County, but negotiations with the city broke off in 2013.

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