A new Civic Center is the most cost effective and safe way for the City to deliver quality services to the community.
Currently, the City’s facilities for public safety and general administration are spread across seven City-owned and - leased buildings, many over 50 years old and in need of upgrades and expansion to accommodate the City’s operational needs and meet modern building codes.
Further, the City’s operations would remain scattered among several buildings; leases for some City offices would continue at an annual cost of roughly 0,000; and operational efficiencies would not be gained, with customer service continuing to be less than optimal.
The City is currently in exclusive negotiations with a private development partner, Plenary Properties Napa (“PPN”) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new Civic Center.
The Civic Center will also include a new Fire Station #1 on the current Housing Authority site on the north side of Clay Street at Seminary Street.
This new tax revenue significantly reduces the City’s annual payment on the Civic Center project over the 30 year operating term. The construction and other upfront costs of the Civic Center project will be financed largely from land sale proceeds, bond issuance and financing provided by PPN.The City and PPN are currently negotiating how these costs will be funded through a combination of proceeds from the sale of the Superblock, a public bond issuance and financing from the developer (PPN).The City’s annual payment in the first year of operations is currently estimated at .1 million, growing at 2% per year for the 30 year operating term.Accessing City services can be confusing to the public.Consolidating City operations into a Civic Center will eliminate confusion and existing redundancies like multiple break rooms, public counters, and restroom facilities; allow City staff to collaborate with greater ease; and provide better service to the public.