Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Out Of Money For Courthouse Construction

Last Thursday two dozen courthouse construction projects in 26 counties across California were delayed indefinitely, including Sacramento’s because of budget shortfalls. As reported by The SacBee, the 2008 bond SB1407, which was signed into law to fund $5 billion to rebuild courthouses has fallen short of reaching that goal by $1.4 billion by a combination of declining revenue from court fines and fees. In addition, in 2012 the Governor diverted funds from the courthouse bond to backfill the state’s budget and those funds have never been returned.

Sacramento’s proposed courthouse has always received the shaft throughout this whole process. After being down sized in budget and overall project size two times, now it’s unlikely Sacramento will ever see a new courthouse EVER. Really, unless fines and fees pickup and the state returns those diverted funds Sacramento will never see a new courthouse built under this current fines and fees program.

Thank you Governor Jerry Brown, the city does not need another abandon project but now we can add this one to the pile.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Golden 1 Center Costs Rise

The latest construction costs for the Golden 1 Center have reached $556.6 million. As reported by The SacBee, the price has risen by $21.7 million in just a month and $79 million increase since breaking ground in October 2014. The original cost was to be $447 million, so the total increase in price to around $109 million. The Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadive and the rest of the team’s owners are paying for additional costs, the city’s subsidy capped at $255 million.

It’s been said that the increases aren’t cost overruns, but represent the costs of design changes like the team’s practice facility downtown, instead of leaving it at the site of the old arena in Natomas, added $30 million. Additional costs also represent dollars spent renovating the former Downtown Plaza, now known as Downtown Commons.

The building is scheduled to open with a pair of Paul McCartney concerts Oct. 4 and 5.

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.