Wednesday, November 17, 2021

“Demolition by Neglect” for Capitol Annex

It's becoming very clear that the plan to demolish and rebuild the State Capitol Annex on the east end is the most secretive public project the State has ever tried to slip by the people. The more I learn about this horrible process as it’s slides through the approval process, the more I want it stopped all together. In the latest issue of Sactown Magazine, Rob Turner does some digging and finds that this entire project is being done in seclusion, everything from the underground parking garage to $1 billion cost to build a modern Annex replacement. At this late date in the approval process, neither design for the Annex or the underground garage have been made public.

The whole plan is also ill-timed as the Governor said he wants to explore the possibility of 75% of state workers telecommuting after the pandemic ends. So now should be the time state offices rethink how offices function. Also, as mentioned in the article, the only reason the annexation is in such bad shape is because for 70 years the Legislature found it inconvenient to their calendar to do major upgrades to bring deficiencies up to code along with other improvements. There’s a name for this in the world of historic preservation: “demolition by neglect.” Owners who have neglected historic properties often argue that they need to tear them down because they’re not up to code even if they were the ones who didn’t make those upgrades throughout the life of the property.

I highly recommend reading “No Annexation WithoutRepresentation” in Sactown Magazine.  

https://www.dgs.ca.gov/RESD/Projects/Page-Content/Projects-List-Folder/State-Capitol-Annex-Project

https://annex.assembly.ca.gov/

Friday, October 29, 2021

The ‘California Tower’ at UC Davis Medical Center

There is a new rendering for the proposed 16-story Califrornia Tower at UC Davis Medical Center. Expansion plans are underway for a $3.75 billion, 16-storty hospital tower at 1 million square feet.  Rebuild, Expansion at UC Davis Health




Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Luxury High-Rise Proposed For Lot X

In a partnership between Southern Land Company and the Sacramento Kings, a 28-story mixed-use luxury high-rise has been proposed at Capitol Mall and 3rd Street in Sacramento. What makes this project unique is that it would be constructed with mass timber. To learn more about this largely untested method, click here.

The Southern Land Company purchased the 2.56-acre site yesterday with great fanfare from nearby Crocker Art Museum and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. The proposal would have 28-floors, 225 luxury apartments and 80,000 sf office space. Construction could begin as soon as 2023 and completed in 2025. At this time, neither a cost estimated or rendering have been given for the proposal.

I think this proposal is ridiculous at a time when nearly 2 million square feet of office space has been put back on the market in the last 18 months. Also, with so many others similar high-rise proposals failing over the years, I wonder what makes the developer this time think 225 high-end renters will want to reside there? Sacramento has successfully built and filled many mid-rises up to six stories, but not high-rises where the costs to build are much greater. Kings press release.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Colliers Sacramento Office Snapshot: Q3 2021

According to the report below, the Sacramento office market has shed 1.9 MSF in the last 18 months. The vacancy rate has risen for six consecutive quarters. The negative impact to the office market has been less severe than markets like San Francisco where the rate has more than doubled over last year.

https://www.colliers.com/en/research...n@colliers.com

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Fruit Bldg. Is Now The Exchange Hotel

This historic 10-story building built in 1914 has been converted from an office building into a boutique hotel. The Exchange Sacramento hotel has 100-rooms, rooftop lounge, basement fitness center and meeting room, and a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Room rates appear to start at $285 a night an up. 


The Exchange Hotel - 1006 Fourth St., Sac. CA














Read more here: 
www.bizjournals.com

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sacramento County Courthouse Construction

The Sacramento County Courthouse construction project appears to be poring two concrete elevator shafts and are currently on the 9th or 10th floors. Construction began in November 2020 and is estimated to complete in January 2024.

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking south on 6ht Street

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking east from I-5

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking east from I-5

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking east from I-5

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking east from I-5

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking east from I-5

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking east from I-5

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking south from 6th Street

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking south from 6th Street

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking south from 6th Street

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking west from Gth Street

Sacramento County Courthouse construction looking north from H Street

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Seven-Story Residential Project @ 1116 18th Street

Project rendering for 1116 18th Street by SKK Developers

Alfa Romeo Automotive at 1116 18th Street in mid-town Sacramento has demolished in favor of a seven-story residential project. The proposal would have retail/restaurant on the ground floor with the second floor becoming the developers (SKK) new office and then 24 units above. There will be not parking at the building, but across the street at 1801 L Street, parking will be dedicated to this project. Construction could start in late 2021 and be completed in 18 to 20 months. Back when I rode a motor scooter to work I used to bring it in to Alfa Romeo for repairs and tune-ups, really neat guy running the shop and fun place to observe a classic car/motorcycle repair mechanic. It will be missed.

Current automotive shop Alfa Romeo at proposed location