Rising majestically on the west bank of the Napa River, the pioneering Riverfront mixed-use development spans two blocks at 588 and 798 Main St. between Third and Fifth streets in Napa. Part of the city’s downtown renaissance, this European-style urban village has 15 ground-level retail spaces, 28,000 square feet of office space and 50 residential condominiums with excellent views towering three stories above a river walk that stretches 12 miles through the city.
“The vision of project owner and developer Michael DeSimoni Sr., president of Channel Lumber Co. in Richmond and its real estate arm, Channel Properties, was to create a lasting contribution to the downtown area in the form of a beautiful landmark the city could be proud of as well as a place that would become a premier destination for visitors,” said Dave Johnson, partner with Johnson Lyman Architects LLP. “After a careful review of Napa’s design guidelines and the architectural context of the city, we created a design that both evokes and respects the characteristics of Napa’s historical architectural heritage while maintaining its own individuality and unique design statement.”
The commercial northern portion of the Riverfront consists of ground-level retail with two levels of offices above – including anchor tenant Morgan Stanley that occupied 8,400 square feet in May 2009. The southern portion consists of ground-level retail with three levels of residences above. Both buildings are connected by an architectural bridge at Fourth Street that provides visual continuity for the project while also supplying a dramatic archway over the promenade to the river.
Residential units come in six floor plans ranging from 24 one-bedroom/one-bath units with 920 square feet to 22 two-bedroom/two-bath units with 1,850 square feet. Three larger three-bedroom units with two or three baths and a den were designed with from 2,000 to 2,134 square feet of floor space. Other units completing the total of 50 residential properties reflect variations of these three basic plans.
“Demand has been rising for these upscale residences priced from the low $400,000s up to $1.2 million,” said Ryan Parlett, real estate development manager for Channel Properties. “I believe a trend is emerging among those who appreciate the amenities of urban life and who also want the convenience of having underground parking while also being able to walk to virtually all of the shopping, dining and entertainment venues in the area.”
Mr. DeSimoni, a resident of Napa, shared a vision with other city landlords to eventually provide up to 120,000 square feet of mixed-use development with adequate parking to provide easy access to downtown destinations. The Riverfront is unique among new center-city projects evidenced by its two subterranean floors of on-site parking with a total of 229 spaces. The lower floor has 65 stalls for residents, and the upper level provides ample space for office tenants and retail customers with three hours of free parking granted for shoppers and diners.
Three world-class restaurateurs are already confirmed retail tenants. Renowned super chef and “Iron Chef” TV star Masaharu Morimoto will be bringing his contemporary Japanese cuisine to the Riverfront along with a sushi bar, lounge and an outdoor patio dining area. This will be his first enterprise on the West Coast. He currently has restaurants in New York City and Philadelphia as well as in Florida and India.