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Napa Letter: Parking "Horror" at Napa Crossing

"Who approved and laid out this center? What do the businesses who are located in this center think about all the money they are losing because of a poorly laid out parking area!??" asks Napa resident and businessman Gary Thompson.

Hi Louisa -

I wanted to send through my opinion on something that's happening here in Napa. Have you all experienced the horror of the new LEED certified center at the Napa Crossing? 

I was SO excited to see this new center open - with all of these amazing places to eat and shop! But what's been happening makes me shun the center and hence, I am choosing not to patronize places that I adore. 

What I am talking about is the parking!

Try to go there during lunch or dinner and you find yourself driving around a myriad of ill-laid-out-parking spaces, racing to the next spot that you think may open, only to be thwarted by someone who had already spied the space! 

Drive around the block and experience the same thing - NO PARKING! 

What miffs me about this more than anything else is when you drive by in the a.m., the lot is nearly full - so what that tells me is that almost all the employees of the various centers are taking up valuable parking! 

Who approved and laid out this center? What do the businesses who are located in this center think about all the money they are losing because of a poorly laid out parking area!??

I just don't get it at all. There is an empty lot across the street that is waiting for, get this, more buildings to suck up even more parking! 

Why doesn't the developer open an actual parking lot with a walkway bridge that allows people to conveniently park and safely get to the place they want to go? Does anyone know if anything has been done about this albatross of a center? 

I sure would like to hear what others have to say! 

What is the city doing about this? What are the tenants doing and saying about this? 

I can’t believe that I am the only one who is completely frustrated with the absolute poor planning of that center!

Gary Thompson

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Larry Cereghino January 23, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I'm with you Gary...the parking is really bad....Its bad enought you cant find a spot to park,and when you do,,,try backing out,,,,people are is such a hurry,,I have almost gotten hit as I back out of a parking spot..... I go early and have a cup of coffee at panera....the lot is almost empty...lunch time..and I like the Habit burger..no where to park....now we have a bank going in across the street.. so one lot is still left..... Whats coming next ?????????????????
Diane Barbosa January 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM
The city obviously has a problem! That entire intersection is a MESS! Between Belaire Plaza and the Napa Crossing, parking and traffic are horrendous! Not to mention the newly added traffic from the mess they made at the post office. I'm sure all of these business are losing money!
m nelson January 23, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Completely agree. I end up parking in the dirt and walking.
Catherine George January 23, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Gary - I completely agree - the parking is absolutely horrible. I don't understand how anyone could have come up with this - it would be really difficult to make it worse than it is. The parking makes no sense and seems to create bottlenecks at every turn, and the proportions are all wrong, making it really hard to maneuver. It's utterly bizarre. The worst. ICK. Re-design! Re-design!
F Otterbeck January 23, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I have never gone into any of those shops because the layout of the entire complex is so intimidating. Isn't it just a bunch of chain stores?
Karen Lucia January 23, 2013 at 05:36 PM
ridiculous parking and traffic congestion on that corner, I try to avoid it. Also the traffic light is set too short when you try to go from Bel Aire center across to California, many times, the light turns to red after on 4 cars go through the intersection.
Larry Adams January 23, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I've been to Habit Burger twice... I will NOT go back there during lunch or dinner hours again. It's impossible to find a parking place... Last time I went there, I spent nearly thirty minutes and still couldn't find a place to park; we went somewhere else for dinner.
Matthew Young January 23, 2013 at 06:43 PM
The parking in that little lot is bad. Way too many businesses and not enough parking to accommodate all of their customers. I've found parking on Old California Way is usually not too bad. I can usually park there and walk in to Habit Burger in the time it takes over people to circle the lot repeatedly and find an open space.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 23, 2013 at 06:56 PM
LEED certified means the builder duped, the planning commission. Into thinking only the toyota prius. Would be parking there.
joe meck January 23, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Joe Meck Stupid planning --Planning Commissioners of Napa should be removed for this debacle for there approval---there are rules about how many spaces are needed for each business---dumb dumb dumber
Amber Schueler January 23, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I agree parking is horrible. I drove around forever trying to find a spot and almost drove off. I don't go there unless meeting friends. There isn't another lot to park in either unless you want to risk your life in the intersection. It is very poorly designed area. I agree, the Bel Aire center light is way too short and everyone runs that light and I'm not talking a pink light either.
F Otterbeck January 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Everyone keeps talking about Habit Burger. Is it that good or comparable to other offerings with better parking?
Jamie Clemons January 24, 2013 at 05:51 AM
the small area with 3 big named food places,a beauty store, a mattress store, a phone company store & who knows what else.. It's an over crowed spot with little parking the 2-3 times I've been there.. I've seen about 5 close calls happen.. If they didnt pack in so many places.. It would have been better.
Art Morris January 24, 2013 at 08:45 AM
F Otterbeck, Habit Burger is really good as far as fast food burgers go. Every time I drive in that area, the smell of charred flesh coming from Habit Burger makes me hungry! Unfortunately the parking does suck.
Art Morris January 24, 2013 at 08:46 AM
I miss Alfredo's Pizza and nickle beer night. Can't wait to see who's scratching their heads on this comment. :-)
Shelby January 24, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I recently met a previous city official who worked on the project there and apparently in order to qualify as a LEED project, it cant have more than a certain number of parking places. I guess to encourage people to use other forms of transportation? It still seems ridiculous and it is VERY disappointing trying to shop or eat there but it may be the fault of the LEED requirements. Agreed that they lose business, I know they lose mine!

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