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Napa Junction III shopping center

A new commercial building has been approved for development at the Napa Junction III shopping center near Taco Bell and Dunkin Donuts. 

New banking, restaurant and cell phone businesses may be coming to American Canyon with the approval of another commercial building just off Napa Junction Road.

The Planning Commission on Jan. 25 authorized a design permit for a 6,402-square-foot single-story multi-tenant retail building at the Napa Junction III shopping center.

The new building will help fill out the remainder of Napa Junction III, a mixed-use development that includes the nearby Canyon Ridge Apartments. The first phases of Napa Junction included the Walmart Supercenter, surrounding commercial center and The Lodge apartments.

The commercial section of Napa Junction III already has Tractor Supply, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts and Quickly, a tea and yogurt franchise.

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is also preparing to open a franchise, next door to Quickly.

Vincent “Buzz” Butler with Lake Street Ventures, developer of the Napa Junction projects, said he has had early conversations with several companies about moving into the new building once it is ready.

The new tenants could include a cell phone company — American Canyon already has Sprint and T-Mobile stores — and a regional credit union interested in opening a branch.

“I can’t say who it is yet,” Butler told the Planning Commission.

When Lake Street first conceived of the project last decade, the plan was to develop a slightly larger retail building of 7,000 square feet, according to Butler. But they chose to reduce the size to improve the structure’s visibility from the highway and its signage.

The project was also supposed to have a hotel and a Home Depot, but the economic downturn forced Lake Street to rethink the layout and composition.

The new building will sit near the corner of Napa Junction Road and Highway 29, nestled in the same parking lot shared currently by Taco Bell and Tractor Supply.

“Overall it’s turned into a nice mix” of development, said Butler.

Lake Street hopes to begin construction this summer, once it finalizes its construction drawings and obtains the necessary building permits.

The structure may not be the last to go up at Napa Junction III.

There is one last building pad, about an acre in size, located near Tractor Supply, that could be used to develop space for either a medical or dental business, Butler said.


American Canyon Eagle editor

Noel Brinkerhoff has been editor of the American Canyon Eagle since 2014. Prior to that he covered state politics in Sacramento for the California Journal.