Monday, June 05, 2017

State Plans High-Rise at 7th & O Streets

It has been a while since the State built any office towers downtown, but plans are in the works to build an office tower that will accommodate up to 3,500 state workers and could begin construction at the end of next year. The building would replace the Resources Building on 9th Street and be approx. 20 stories, 300 feet tall, and 800,000 sf. The proposed project would be built on surface parking lot and around the Heilbron House, an historic 140-year-old home at the corner of 7th & P Streets. Due to the Capitol View Protection Act  enacted in 1992, height restrictions and setback requirements limits the to 250 feet on the northwest corner. The state requires large floor plates for new state offices, so expect the massing of the building to be huge and  bulky.

The state has a miserable track record when it comes to designing anything downtown. Does the BOE tower on N Street ring a bell? Its ugly and it makes people sick, and the East End Complex is hardly something to be proud of. When the state builds, they don’t need approval from anyone in Sacramento. Sure, they might hold a few meeting with residents and ask for the cities opinion, but it’s all a show and they will build whatever they want.

How many blocks south of Capitol Mall are surface parking lots owned by the state? Quite a few. They were all neighborhoods at one time and then in 1950’s they were demolished by the state and have sit empty ever since. Now the state picks a block that has one historic house built in 1881 for possible demolition? It’s unlikely but it’s being considered.

I expect nothing more than a mediocre building. It will be big filling up the entire block and put a few cranes in the air, but the design will suck just like all the other times the state has crapped out buildings downtown. Here's the EIR for the building by the state’s Department of General Services


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

800 Block Design & Review

800 K Street - SW Corner

















Yes, after the Sacramento Kings used their option to buy 800 K Street property, they have now submitted plans to the Planning and Design Commission for approval. Ali Youssefi and partners have proposed 148 units, 18,000sf of ground floor commercial, 7 levels (5 residential, 1 retail, 1 below ground parking) for a total of 148,147sf. The proposed height is 85 feet with 130 parking spaces for cars. If built, this will be a great addition to K Street and help in the overall development of the area. I like the outdoor roof space. This project will span from K Street to L Street with the historic Belvue Bldg. standing in between. The new structures will bookend the North and South of the Belvue. No date for starting work has been given and the cost of the project is unknown. Read more about the project HERE.

800 K Street - NW Corner

800 K Street / 801 L Street - SW Corner

800 K Street / 801 L Street - SW Corner

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Downtown Commons Nearly Tops-Out Photos



With the 16th floor now compete, the Downtown Commons Tower will only need to rise a little taller to top-out at 233 feet which is top of the mechanical penthouse. 
Downtown Commons Tower nearing it's full height -
View from West Sacramento

Downtown Commons Tower nearing it's full height -
View from West Sacramento

Downtown Commons Tower pedestrian plaza under construction

Downtown Commons Tower nearing it's full height - Looking east on J Street

Downtown Commons Tower nearing it's full height - Looking east on J Street



Downtown Commons Tower - Looking east at 5th & J Street

Downtown Commons Tower - Looking east at 5th & J Street
Downtown Commons Tower - Looking south at 5th & J Street

Downtown Commons Tower - Looking south at 5th & J Street

Downtown Commons Tower - Looking west at 6th & J Street

Downtown Commons Tower - Looking west at 7th & J Street

Golden 1 Center on K Street looking west

Golden 1 Center on K Street looking west

Golden 1 Center & Downtown Commons on K Street looking northwest

Downtown Commons on K Street looking northwest

Downtown Commons Tower pedestrian plaza under construction

Downtown Commons on K Street looking northeast

Golden 1 Center in the plaza

Downtown Commons and Golden 1 Center on K Street looking northeast

Golden 1 Center along L Street

Golden 1 Center along L Street

Downtown Commons and Golden 1 Center on 5th Street looking northeast

Downtown Commons and Golden 1 Center as seen from 
Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

Downtown Commons and Golden 1 Center as seen from 
Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

Downtown Commons and Golden 1 Center as seen from 
Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

Downtown Commons and Golden 1 Center as seen
from West Sacramento


Monday, November 14, 2016

Capitol Mall Rain Garden

Ahhh, imagine... this is a feel good concept not based on reality in the November issue of Comstock Magazine. For starters, the creek is shown flowing six blocks running the entire stretch of Capitol Mall.  For that to happen the creek elevation would have to drop approximately 20 feet below street level for the water to go from one end to the other.
















Imagine Capitol Mall Rain Garden - by Comstock Magazine November 2016

If Sacramento’s Capitol Mall transformed from a long patch of lawn into a rain garden, the new amenity would provide welcomed environmental benefits. A rain garden is a designed depression that collects rain runoff for landscaping. Mimicking a river, a recycling stream also provides terraced seating as a retreat from the urban environment, while maintaining the line of site between the Capitol building and Tower Bridge. Below, huge tanks add critical storage for the city’s combined stormwater and sewage system, reducing occasional pollution released into the Sacramento River during storms. Native plants would be drought-friendly and offer habitat for beneficial insects, such as bees. 

To learn more about water in California and other ideas to address drought, read Water: More or Less, by Rita Schmidt Sudman and Stephanie Taylor. For excerpts of the book click here

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Colliers Sacramento 3Q Office & Research Report

Sacramento’s Colliers International third quarter report found that the downtown market was preforming well while suburban growth has takes off. As reported by Colliers, office real estate absorption is positive and vacancies went down. The downtown office vacancy market is the lowest it’s been in 5 years, but it’s suburban expansion that continues to meet growing demand. Third quarter rental absorption was 372,254 sf, while only 80,899 sf was in the downtown market.













This rosy report then brings up the question, what’s going on with the Vanir Tower on J Street. It was proposed two years ago in November, yet nothing has been submitted to the Planning and Design Commission even though a news report in November of last year said it could be built taller. I’ve seen this game before, at this point the developer only appears to be looking for free publicity.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Community Center Theater Renovation

Full Expansion of Community Center Theater and Convention Center












The City Council has voted to move forward and update the 40-year-old center adding 41,000 sf, replace seats, renovate the lobby and dressing rooms. The $83.4 million renovation could begin as soon as the 4 quarter of 2018 and completed by 2021. While work is being done, the Memorial Auditorium would be used for performances during the construction period. In addition, the Memorial Auditorium will also receive an upgrade estimated to be $16.2 million, and Phase 1 of the Sacramento Convention Center estimated to be $170 million.

The projects would be paid for by the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) which is a 12% charge for all people who occupy a hotel in Sacramento. The structure of the TOT would be supported by revenue bonds.

Only conceptual designs were provided for the City Council. 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Office Bldg. Acquired For Convention Center Expansion

The City of Sacramento has agreed to buy the rest of a three story office building located a next to the convention center on 15th Street. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, a planned expansion of the convention center would demolish and replace the building with a new east entrance and accommodate a planned expansion

Sacramento City Council will get a report on the city’s conceptual plans for the expansion of the convention center and renovation of the Community Center Theater at a meeting on Oct. 11. Decisions will be made later this year or early next year after new Mayor Darrell Steinberg takes office.