Just six months after completing a $40 million expansion, the owners of the Meritage Resort and Spa signed a deal to purchase a 9.3-acre parcel directly across the street from the south Napa resort.
“We signed a purchase agreement but it hasn’t closed yet,” said Kory Kramer, a vice president at Pacific Hospitality Group, which owns the Meritage Resort and Spa.
“I think the hotel would like to see a complementary use” at that site such as conference and meeting space, retail or food and beverage uses, Kramer said in November.
Last week, Kramer declined to comment further on plans for the parcel.
Rick Tooker, community development director at the city, said that representatives of the Meritage have talked to the city about the property. “It’s been on their radar screen,” he said.
Tooker said the city has been willing to talk to them about possible land uses. The property is zoned for limited hotel, retail, office and other service uses.
“We don’t know necessarily what their plan is,” he said. “If there was a proposal to develop it, that concept would be presented to the city.”
With a nine-acre property, there could be multiple buildings at the site instead of one large building, Tooker said.
Kramer is also president of the board of directors of Napa Valley Commons, formerly known as Napa Valley Corporate Park. In late November, the board announced a new name for the mostly corporate park.
At approximately 250 acres, Napa Valley Commons is city’s largest commercial park. More than
25 acres remain available for development including three major parcels owned by LBA Realty (formerly Bedford Property Investors). One of them is the parcel directly across from the Meritage.
Melody Thebeau, a representative with LBA Realty, could not be reached for comment. Thebeau is also on the board of directors of Napa Valley Commons.
Developed and managed by Pacific Hospitality Group, the Meritage Resort and Spa’s first phase opened in 2006. In May, the resort debuted 165 additional rooms, a 7,358-square-foot ballroom, a lounge, bowling alley and other amenities, bringing the suite total to 322 rooms.
The resort now offers more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor meeting and event space — “the largest meeting venue north of San Francisco and west of Sacramento,” a news release said.
Room rates range from $199 to $500, depending on the type of room and the season, said hotel General Manager Michael Palmer in May.