Monday, August 08, 2016

Centrage Project Time Machine

Centrage Project proposed in 1988

What is now becoming McKinley Village was once the proposed site for the Centrage Project, an alternative to suburban sprawl. Back in 1988 this $500 million, European-style self-contained community outraged neighboring east Sacramento residence and the Sacramento Old City Association. Centrage was a high density, transit oriented development that was to be built out over 10 years. At full build out the project would consist of 750,000 square feet of office space, 230,000 sf of retail, 1200 residential units, 250 room hotel, amphitheater, movie theater, 4.5 acre lake, greenbelts, bicycle paths, tennis courts, swimming pools, other outdoor recreation areas, and parking for around 6000 cars. Originally 8 highrises were proposed ranging from 26 to 10 stories. In an effort to satisfy anti-Centrage folk, towers were reduced in size but the opposition were not happy demanding that 50% of the 48 acres be turned into parks and open area. Centrage was one of the most controversial developments in recent Sacramento history, but after nearly a 5 year of heated debate and several reductions in size to win over local residences and City Council, the project was abandon. Below are a couple renderings showing what might have been.

Original rendering of Centrage Project proposed in 1988

Revised plans removed one of the eight planned towers for the project and reduced the size of some of the remaining seven, 26 to 19  story building (one), 16 story buildings (two), 18 to 12 story building (one), 11 to 8 story building (one), 10 story building (one), eliminated one 10 story building, 8 story building (one), 2-6 story building (12)
Centrage Project site plan proposed in 1988

Centrage Project building height comparison 1988

Centrage Project rendering showing originally proposed height of 26 story tower
later reduced to 19 stories looking west from the Capitol Freeway

Centrage Project map overview

Today the 48 acre parcel located between E Street and the Capitiol City Freeway resembles a sprawling suburban neighborhood that's not unique or interesting in any way.

McKinley Village currently under construction 

Friday, August 05, 2016

Updated Railyard Plans

Proposed Kaiser Hospital Tower in the Railyards

Next week the Planning and Design Commission will look at Railyards proposed plan related to Major League Soccer and Kaiser Permanente hospital tower. A couple items that stood out to me in the revised plans were the new hospital building would comprised approximately 658,000 sf with the main hospital tower rising up to 14 stories in the center of the block, to a maximum height of approximately 230 feet with a helistop on the roof. A parking garage would be built on the western edge of the project with approximately 1,500 parking spaces.


The proposed Major League Soccer Stadium would be constructed initially with seating for 19,621 attendees and the capacity to accommodate concerts with an attendance up to 21,500 people. As shown below, surface parking would be used in the interim before parking structures are constructed of approximately 4,000 spaces.

To review the report click here.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Proposed 19J Mixed-Use Mid-Rise

19J Mixed-Use proposal by M.H. Mohanna Development

The SacBee’s reporting that midtown has another proposal for a mid-rise building, this one named 19J is located at the corner of 19th & J Street. M.H. Mohanna Development has expressed that the project would be “self-financed” and could begin building as soon as next year. At 124 feet, this 11 story structure would have 173 residential units and 7,000 SF of ground floor retail.

19J Mixed-Use proposal by M.H. Mohanna Development

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MAY Building Opening Event

MAY Building - 1029 K Street Sacramento

Completed in 1911 and known as the Parkview Apartments, today the Sutter Capital Group will celebrate the completion of this multi-million dollar renovation, which includes 21 historic apartments and renaming it the MAY Building to reconnect the building to its historic past. The apartments are luxury residences by preserving as much of the original historic detail as possible (crown moldings, case work, covered ceilings, etc.) while combining those elements with modern mechanical systems and luxury.

MAY Building - 1029 K Street Sacramento

The former Pyramid space on the ground floor is still vacant, but after 1 ½ years of renovations, the building looks great including the Capitol Events Center that holds up to 200 people located on the northern portion of the site. The project is entirely privately funded i.e. no redevelopment, CADA or other public financing which is a bit of a rarity in Sacramento urban core redevelopment and development projects.

MAY Building - 1029 K Street Sacramento

MAY Building - 1029 K Street Sacramento

MAY Building - 1029 K Street Sacramento

Thursday, July 14, 2016

$1.3 Billion For Three Projects

California’s new state budget has big plans for Sacramento. The Department of General Services believes one of the three projects proposed will be underway before Governor Brown leaves office and within the urban core. The $1.3 Billion includes:

– A new 650,000-square-foot office building to house about 2,800 employees currently in the aging state Resources and Bonderson buildings downtown;

– A new 205,000-square-foot office building for 1,100 employees in the Bateson building, another aging state structure

– Renovation or replacement of the Capitol’s eastern annex, which dates to the 1950s.

According to the Sacramento Business Journal, “Within a year, we’ll have a much better idea of what it’s all going to look like with work underway within two and half years.” I personally hope they do not demolish the Resources Building at 1416 9th Street.  Yes, it is in horrible condition and needs some serious work, but it’s bones are strong and can be upgraded like many other offices in the downtown area like both the two 18 story towers at 714 P Street and the DMV headquarters on Broadway in 2010. If torn down, it will be a loss to the cities already struggling skyline.

UPDATE: The Planning and Design Commission won’t be reviewing the Vanir Tower project till maybe September.

State Building 8 & 9 on the left with the Resources Building in the center
and State Capitol on the right.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Golden 1 Center & Downtown Commons Construction Photos

Golden 1 Center with Downtown  Commons cranes in background 5th & L Streets  

The Golden 1 Center construction currently includes:
  • Installation of the roof solar system
  • Installation of Million Trees panels at exterior soffits
  • Installation of storefront & glazing at exterior north wall of Practice Facility
  • Installation of exterior LED video panel supports at each side of Main Entry hangar doors
  • Installation of LED ribbon board supports
  • Start-up, testing and commissioning of mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment
  • Installation of interior drywall, texture & painting
  • Installation of metal ceiling systems at Main Concourse
  • Framing, rough-in, and build-out of concession stands and Central Kitchen
  • Installation of low-voltage / telecom / video-production cabling & racking systems
  • Installation of Data Center equipment racks, cabinets and in-row cooling units
  • Installation of casework, countertops and tile at Lofts and Suites
  • Installation of cabinetry, flooring and finishes at Courtside Clubs, Locker Rooms, Star Rooms and other Event Level spaces
  • Installation of glass railings at Lofts, Suites and Upper Bowl
  • Installation of seating in the Upper Bowl
  • Installation of elevators and related equipment
  • Installation of storm and sewer lines from arena to tie-in at 7th & K St.
  • Installation of storm drain tie-in at 5th & J St.
  • Installation of Plaza waterproofing, rebar, formwork and pouring concrete planter walls
  • Curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement work along L St. 

Downtown Commons (Doco) Construction
  • Forming deck in area near 5th & J Street at level 5
  • Placing rebar on deck in area near 5th & J Street at level 5
  • Pouring concrete on deck in area near 5th & J Streets at level 5
  • Raising column rebar in area near the scientology building at level 4
  • Placing forms for columns & walls in area near the scientology building at level 4
  • Pouring concrete for columns & walls in area near the scientology building at level 4
  • Forming and pouring columns behind area facing the scientology building at level 3
  • Forming deck behind area facing the scientology building at level 4
  • Forming deck near arena ramp area at level 3
  • Placing rebar on deck near arena ramp area at level 3
  • Pouring concrete on deck near arena ramp at level 3
Downtown Sacramento Arial view

Golden 1 Center with Downtown  Commons cranes in background 5th & L Streets 

Downtown  Commons construction at 5th & J Streets 

Golden 1 Center with Downtown  Commons cranes in background.
Taken from 555 Capitol Mall, 12th floor looking north.

Golden 1 Center on L Street looking west between 5th & 6th Streets 

Golden 1 Center looking west on K  & 7th Street 

Downtown  Commons construction looking south from 6th Street 

Downtown  Commons construction on J Street looking west. 

Downtown  Commons looking south on J Street. 

Downtown  Commons construction looking south at 5th & J Streets. 

Downtown  Commons construction at 5th & J Street looking South East.  

Downtown  Commons construction at 5th & J Street looking South. 

Downtown  Commons construction at 5th & J Street looking South. 

Downtown  Commons construction on J Street and 5th looking east. 

Golden 1 Center on 5th Street looking south.

Downtown  Commons construction on 5th Street looking North. 

Downtown  Commons construction on 5th Street looking North.

Downtown  Commons construction on J Street looking East.

Downtown  Commons construction looking east from 16 floor of Holiday Inn

Downtown  Commons construction looking east from 16 floor of Holiday Inn

Downtown  Commons construction on J Street & 
6th Street looking south.

Panoramic view looking north from 12th floor of 555 Capitol Mall

Panoramic view looking east from 16th floor of Holiday Inn.

Panoramic view from 7th floor of parking garage at r & 16th Streets

Friday, June 24, 2016

Eviva Midtown

Work on 118 modular apartments are moving right along. The Eviva project is unique because each prefabricated unit is built at an offsite plant then hauled to the construction site by truck to be stacked on top of the concrete podium. The units are then bolted together while plumbing, electrical and stucco exterior are added. Completion of the building could be this fall. An estimated cost to build is $37.5 million.

Eviva Midtown Apartment - 1531 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Eviva Midtown Apartment - 1531 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Eviva Midtown Apartment - 1531 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814