Thursday, November 20, 2014

$300 Million Courthouse

Vague rendering of proposed Sacramento Criminal Courthouse
across the street from the Federal Courthouse on "I" Street

The budget to build a New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse has been reduced to $300 million from it's original budget of $552 million five years ago. The size of the project has also been reduce from a 16-story mid-rise to now a 12-story building and from 44 courtrooms to 35. Somehow with all the reductions of cost, the square footage of 405,500 has remained the same.

The State of California has allocated $27 million for drawings and planning required for construction.

The groundbreaking is expected for the fall of 2017, with completion by 2020.
Vague rendering of proposed Sacramento Criminal Courthouse 

Monday, November 10, 2014

16-Story Mixed-Use High-Rise

The Sacramento Kings  have proposed a 16-story mixed use high-rise next to the new arena that is currently under construction. The plan has the tower facing J Street, between 5th and 6th Streets. The Sacramento Bee reports that the first four floors of the building will be made of a grand lobby, retail space, offices and hotel amenities. There will be 250 rooms and 69 residences filling the top five floors. The Kings have asked for a city Planning Commission hearing to discuss the plans on Dec. 11 and are seeking to have the necessary permits approved early next year.

Read more here:
Proposed 16-story hotel between 5th and 6th Streets on J Street.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time lapse Video of Downtown Plaza Demolition

On Wednesday the Sacramento Kings officially kicked off construction of their $477million downtown arena with plans to have it ready for the 2016-17 season. The Sacramento Bee has a great time lapse video showing demolition of the former Downtown Plaza from July through October 2014. 

Time lapse Video of Downtown Plaza Demolition 4:48.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Former Downtown Plaza

Panoramic photo from L Street at the former Downtown Plaza 10-12-2014
At an amazing pace, the Downtown Plaza is all but torn down. You can now easily see buildings on J Street while standing on L Street where the mall use to be.

Please click on the photo to view the image larger.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

700 K Project to Move Ahead

Last night the Sacramento City Council approved a pair of unanimous votes on the financing plan that would allow the 700 K project to move ahead. As stated in the SacramentoBusiness Journal, D&S Development and CFY Development, have said with some financing approvals for tax credits and bond allocations expected in December, construction on the project of apartments and retail should get underway in early 2016.

700 K would have 137 apartments, both affordable and market rate, in a building behind a row of existing retail spaces, totaling 75,000 square feet and up to 14 different businesses. Under the financing plan, developers will repay the city of Sacramento some money being loaned up front that the city would turn around and use to help other hoped-for projects in the downtown core surrounding the new arena site. The total cost of the project is estimated to be from $35.5 million to about $47.7 million.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Future Sacramento County Courthouse

After nearly a two year pause, the Sacramento courthouse proposal planned for the railyards at the corner of where H Street meets Sixths Street appears to be moving forward again. This week, the State of California bought 2.4 acres for $10 million. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, Court officials have estimated the cost to design and built a courthouse at $452 million, plans call for a 12-story building of 405,000 square feet, with 250 parking spaces and a basement.

The courthouse won’t get built for some time, but the judicial council gave authority this summer to begin working on legislation to appropriate money for courthouse design, but such legislation still needs to be approved by both the council and the state Legislature. In addition, the State has selected two firms to team up on building design, Nacht & Lewis and HOK. 

Property where Sacramento will build a $452 million courthouse.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Downtown Plaza Demolition

Downtown Plaza Demolition

In a matter of 54 days, the corner of L and 5th Streets has been leveled and it looks as if prep work for the new arenas foundation have begun. That orange square in the lower left of the photo looks as if a tower crane might rise from there?

The above photo is a screenshot of a livecam you can view here: