|Land Trust selected to acquire historic Borreo Building|
Thursday May 3, 2012
In November 2011, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of this historic landmark building. Four teams submitted proposals – Enea Properties; The Borreo Winery Cooperative; Paul Jr. Designs; and the Land Trust. During the process, Paul Jr. Designs withdrew its proposal due to timing considerations. The City’s review team recommended the Land Trust proposal to the Council.
According to Land Trust CEO Joel Tranmer, “The Land Trust has been searching for a permanent home for some time and it became clear that the suitable property must resonate with our mission: to preserve the character of Napa County by permanently protecting land. Through this lens, three key criteria emerged as guidelines in our search: to minimize our carbon footprint by focusing on a pre-existing property in an urban city center; to focus on a historical building that reflects Napa’s agricultural heritage and whose preservation and stewardship demonstrates the important intersection between land protection and historic preservation; and, to create added value for the Napa community as well as the millions of visitors who pass through the City of Napa each year. The Borreo Building clearly meets all three of these criteria.”
“I’m pleased to be working with the Land Trust,” said Community Development Director Cassandra Walker. “It’s appropriate that an organization dedicated to the permanent preservation of open space wants to invest in the long-term preservation and stewardship of an important historic landmark in downtown.”
Tranmer states that the Land Trust is financially sound and capable of making this property one of the jewels of the Napa riverfront, and it can afford to be patient while marketing the ground floor for lease. With the Land Trust occupying the building, it will be close to the ground-level tenants, ensuring a strong landlord-tenant relationship, he said.
City staff will work closely with the Land Trust to obtain approvals necessary for restoration and renovation of the building, site improvements, and operational needs such as off-site parking and outdoor uses.
(The artist's rendering of the proposed appearance of the Borreo Building after renovations was created by arrchitect Chris Craiker.)