AMERICAN CANYON — The next 11 months will witness major development decisions by American Canyon city leaders.
Mayor Leon Garcia, City Manager Dana Shigley and top department heads spoke at a “State of the City” event attended by more than 100 people at the DoubleTree’s ballroom.
Garcia said 2015 was “a great year for foundation building” in the city. He praised residents for lowering water demand by 27 percent, when the state only asked for 16 percent.
Highlights for 2016 will include the completion this summer of the Broadway District plan, a blueprint for changes to come along Highway 29 through the heart of American Canyon.
The plan will touch on everything from commercial and residential development along the four-lane highway (which eventually will become six lanes) to intersection changes to beautification and landscaping of the median.
In April, the City Council should receive a draft environmental impact report for one of the biggest development proposals in American Canyon’s history: the Watson Ranch project. The project calls for building 1,250 new homes as well as an ambitious town center on the site of the cement factory ruins.
If the council approves the environmental document, which will assess the project’s impact on water, traffic and other concerns, it will mark a major step forward for Watson Ranch, which has been years in the making.
Another environmental report heading toward the City Council in April will be for the Napa Airport Corporate Center, yet another industrial park slated for the northwest side of American Canyon.
Located just off Highway 29 near South Kelly Road and Devlin Road, Napa Airport Corporate Center will cover 50 acres and consist of six or seven warehouse buildings, and possibly a gas station.
The project will be next door to an even larger warehousing and manufacturing project known as Napa Logistics Park, which will provide nearly 3 million square feet of space for businesses once it is completed.
Phase I of Napa Logistics is nearly finished — a 646,000 square-foot building. Phase II will consist of four more buildings totaling 2.3 million square feet.
The city must still issue building permits for Phase II, which should happen this year.
Another project in full swing is Napa Junction Phase III, located east of the highway and just north of Wal-Mart. Framing for the new Canyon Ridge luxury apartments is moving along, while the retail center next to it has yet to start construction.
The national retail chain Tractor Supply intends to build a new store at Napa Junction Phase III, which will have space for other commercial enterprises and a restaurant. Tractor Supply is similar to Home Depot in terms of merchandise, but sells other goods like pet food. It does not, despite its name, sell tractors.
Other developments in the making this year, according to the State of the City, include:
— A rebirth of American Canyon’s farmers market. A similar outdoor market last decade failed to catch on, but city officials expect this new one to better serve the community. It will launch in May in the parking lot adjacent to the community pool off Benton Way.
— New Boys and Girls Clubhouse: Although the capital campaign is still ongoing, the Boys and Girls Club is close enough to its goal of $4 million that officials expect to break ground on its 15,000-square-foot facility this summer.
— Clarke Ranch master plan: Consisting of about 25 acres near the wetlands, Clarke Ranch has sat undeveloped since the city obtained it in the late 1990s. The property cannot be developed for private or commercial use, so the city wants to create a plan starting this year that will envision public uses for the parcel. Part of the land may be turned into another public park, while the Napa County Wildlife Rescue Center has expressed interest in relocating to Clarke Ranch.