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Napa Junction III project

Work will expand in 2016 on the Napa Junction Phase III project in American Canyon that will feature apartments and commercial space.

A decade in the making, Napa Junction Phase III has begun work on the northeast end of American Canyon where a mixture of apartments, dining, retail and even a farming supply business is being developed.

The 17-acre lot located next to Highway 29 and just north of the Napa Junction Shopping Center featuring the Walmart Supercenter is undergoing grading, while the developers finish getting their final approvals from the American Canyon Planning Commission.

Napa Junction III will consist of commercial businesses adjacent to the northbound side of 29, with a 148-unit apartment complex, known as Canyon Ridge, set further back from the highway.

In a town dominated by single-family homes, the inclusion of apartments was welcomed by city leaders after the developer, Lake Street Ventures, gave up on earlier ideas of Napa Junction III being solely focused on commercial opportunities, including big-box retail, and possibly office buildings.

The apartment complex will feature three-story buildings with one- and two-bedroom units, some of which will have attached garages.

Canyon Ridge also will feature “really nice recreational facilities,” according to Community Development Director Brent Cooper, as well as rents based on dynamic pricing, which can adjust depending on the local real estate market.

Cooper also said that 5 percent of the units will be set aside for low-income renters.

An official groundbreaking ceremony for Canyon Ridge is scheduled for Nov. 4 that is expected to include officials from Lake Street Ventures and its partner on the apartments, The Reliant Group of San Francisco, as well as others from the community and City Hall.

The developers will pay for the city to extend a pipeline down along the east side of the highway in order to provide recycled water for landscaping not only at Napa Junction III but also for landscaping already in place at the Napa Junction shopping center, The Lodge apartments complex and the Holiday Inn Express, which originally represented the first two phases of the Napa Junction project.

These earlier developments currently use potable water for landscaping.

By switching to recycled water for the watering of plants, as well as the toilets going in at Canyon Ridge, the project will save water to use for drinking and bathing in the new complex and stay in compliance with American Canyon’s zero water footprint policy, according to Cooper.

In addition to Canyon Ridge, Napa Junction III will bring new businesses to the city. Cooper says it is too early to know which new companies will occupy the commercial section of the project.

However, the community development director’s office has received an application from Tractor Supply Co., “a large retail chain of stores that offers products for home improvement, agriculture, lawn and garden maintenance, and livestock, equine and pet care,” according to the company’s website.

Cooper says one of the other commercial spaces for Napa Junction III has been designed to accommodate a fast-food franchise, while another pad could wind up housing a bank or a sit-down restaurant. A third pad may be developed into a building housing multiple retail operators.

The commercial buildings will feature the same architectural stylings as those in Napa Junction Shopping Center that houses Starbucks, GNC and other businesses, said Cooper.

The commercial area will have 150 parking spaces, while the apartment complex is expected to generate more than 3,200 daily automobile trips, according to a traffic study conducted for the project.

“What’s nice about a mixed-use project,” said Cooper, is ‘in the morning cars leave the site and come back at night.” In the meantime, traffic generated by the commercial section won’t start until later in the morning, usually beginning around 10 a.m. when some businesses tend to open, he said.

“It tends to help balance things,” said Cooper about the pairing of residential and business in one development.

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