The heart of Napa continued its transformation into a high-rent tourist hub in 2017, a trend symbolized by – but not limited to – the opening of a multistory luxury hotel downtown.
2017 saw the opening or expansion of 21 storefronts in the central business district, including a dozen devoted to food, wine or craft beer, according to an annual report on downtown construction and business shared with the City Council recently.
Real estate transactions in downtown and the Oxbow district totaled $43 million for the year, reported Robin Klingbeil, Napa’s senior development project coordinator. While that figure was down from the $89.1 million of property that changed hands in 2016, it included prime locations such as the former Franklin Station post office, now earmarked for an 80-room hotel; the 25,000-square-foot home of the ExerTec fitness center west of the Andaz and Archer hotels on First Street; and a parking lot directly south of the CIA at Copia food, wine and art center.
The highlight of downtown development was the debut of Archer, the 183-room, $70 million lodging that opened in November on the old site of the Merrill’s drugstore at 1230 First St. In addition to being downtown’s largest infusion of hotel rooms since the 2009 arrival of the Andaz immediately west, the Archer adds another high-end eatery, Charlie Palmer Steak, along with a rooftop lounge and spa scheduled to open this spring.