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Weeks after former tenant Kastner Honda moved from its longtime home at 282 Soscol Ave., a proposal to build a new commercial center in its place will be presented Thursday night to the Napa city Planning Commission.

Applicant Pacific Properties Group is requesting approval to construct two buildings totaling about 21,750 feet on the two-acre site on the southeast corner of the Soscol Avenue and Kansas Avenue intersection.

“We believe this project will greatly improve the aesthetics of the corner and will integrate well with the nearby commercial uses,” the application asserts.

“We are supporting the development based on the findings in in the staff report,” said city of Napa senior planner Scott Klingbeil. It meets the appropriate design guidelines and zoning requirements, he noted.

Specific tenant names for the project, called Soscol Corner, have not been announced. The project includes a total of 92 to 95 parking spaces.

Retail or restaurant uses are proposed for the first building of approximately 9,350 square feet.

A dialysis clinic or retail tenants would occupy the second building, which could range from 11,000 to 12,200 square feet.

The old Kastner Honda building would be demolished to make room for the new construction.

Elisa Raygoza, the project representative from Pacific Properties Group, could not be reached to comment on this story.

According to the application, the proposed buildings will be one story. The intent is to incorporate design features “that embrace the rich tradition of agricultural and vinicultural building of the Napa Valley,” the application stated.

The design will use a combination of board and batten, corrugated metal siding, stone walls and plaster “rusted” metal trellises. A color palette includes greens, brown and grays. “The details of the trellis work, landscaping and lighting are taken from our favorite building techniques.”

Landscaping will be selected “to complement the building with planters containing native and water-conserving plant material. Sustainable design features will also be incorporated into the site design to conserve water and aid in the natural heating and cooling of the buildings.”

Soscol Corner will be planned to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, although at which level was not noted in the application.

As required by the city, the project will include public art with a cost of at least $250,000. A work of art could be placed on the southwest corner of the site, near the Soscol/Kansas intersection.

Pacific Properties Group of Chico is the same developer who built Napa Crossing North on Trancas Street opposite Bel Aire Plaza and an adjacent development at Soscol and Kansas, Napa Crossing South.

Tenants of Napa Crossing North include Ulta Beauty, Panera Bread, Chipotle and Habit Burger.

Tenants of Napa Crossing South include Michaels, HomeGoods and Marshalls, Chipotle and Habit Burger.

Kastner Honda hasn’t left Napa. In early July, the dealership relocated to a new, expanded facility at 480 Soscol Ave.

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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.