The Braydon expansion also will add a range of amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness center, dog park, open space, and courtyards with grills and seating.
On Thursday, the project sailed through an hour-long review by planners, largely unchanged from plans the agency had studied in May. One of the few visible changes to the design was a new color palette that adds dark burgundy and subtracts darker brown shades, an adjustment planners said would increase contrast and avoid drab-looking exteriors.
Future plans for The Braydon’s second phase include a pair of murals to adorn the west-facing walls of two apartment buildings, facing toward the river, Fairfield Residential’s representative Shon Finch told the commission. The artworks are to be added by the developer’s own choice, since Napa’s city ordinance requiring publicly viewable art for large-scale construction applies only to commercial developments, not residential ones.
One feature of the apartment complex will remain on the drawing board for the time being – a pedestrian and bicycle trail connection that would link The Braydon to the Napa Valley Vine Trail, according to city senior planner Michael Allen. That connection would be built and paid for by the city, which has not yet reserved funds for it.
Apartment search websites list starting rents at the market-rate Braydon at just over $2,400 a month. To satisfy Napa’s affordable housing requirement, Fairfield earlier paid the city $2 million earmarked for income-restricted housing elsewhere.