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Townhouses and commercial spaces proposed for Jefferson Street lot in Napa

Townhouses and commercial spaces proposed for Jefferson Street lot in Napa


A vacant triangular-shaped parcel on busy Jefferson Street at the Wine Train tracks could become home to 11 townhomes and commercial space.

The property is located at 2921 Jefferson St., just north of Napa High School and adjacent to a Dutch Bros. Coffee. The applicant is longtime owner M&A Gabaee of West Hollywood.

It will be the company’s first investment in Napa, said Sarah Withers of M&A Gabaee. “This is one of our priority projects,” she said.

“We love Napa,” she said. “It’s beautiful.” The townhomes and commercial space “will be a nice addition to the city.”

Withers said the townhomes will be rented at market rates.

“We want to make sure the development is higher quality,” she said. “These townhomes would be beautiful. Something nice so that people stay there a long time.”

According to the application, the lot is about a half-acre. The residential component of the project would total three levels. The commercial would be in a separate one-story structure. Developers would create 22 enclosed parking spaces on the ground floor and 14 non-covered parking stalls.

Preliminary plans call for each townhome to be 1,808 square feet with two bedrooms.

Winters said it was too soon to talk about a budget for the project.

“I wanted to get feedback from the city” first, she said.

To date, the city has been responsive, Withers said. Not every other city is, she said, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everybody’s been hit hard,” Withers acknowledged, but “some communities are dragging their feet” on new projects. For a developer, such hesitancy means “the end,” of such new developments, she said.

“I hope people are excited about this,” said Withers. “We hope if this goes well we’d be open to doing more,” she said.

When does the group hope to break ground? “The sooner the better,” said Withers.

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Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.

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