Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Curtis Park Village Clean-Up

The good news is that contaminated dirt continues to be hauled off to Utah preparing the land for construction. The bad news is that the project won't be breaking ground by the end of the year as originally planned. The second part really isn't much of a surprise, but hopefully the clean up will continue and be completed.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Greyhound Bus Terminal

On August 1st a revised Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the new Greyhound Bus Terminal off Richards Blvd. was submitted for review. This is great since it has been nearly 19 years of bla, bla, bla, and nothing getting done. The proposed Greyhound Bus Terminal site would be located at 420 Richards Boulevard east of I-5 and 1.2 miles north or the current bus terminal site.

The Richards Boulevard Redevelopment Area, recently renamed the River District Redevelopment Area, was approved by City Council as a Redevelopment Plan area in 1990. Ultimately, the facility will be located permanently in the Sacramento Intermodal Transportation Facility. The Intermodal remains the City’s preferred long-term location for Greyhound; however, the facility will not be developed for a number of years due to the need to secure substantial federal funding.

The proposed project consists of a 13,100 square foot building on approximately 1.74 acres.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

R Street Improvment Project

Today the Design Commission will be reviewing the R Street Improvments planned between 10th & 13th Street. If this improvment project gets the nod from both the City Council and Design Commission, construction would start in Spring 2010.

The R Street Improvement Project will construct roadway and streetscape improvements on R Street between 10th Street and 13th Street. The project consists of replacing the asphalt concrete roadway section with Portland cement concrete, placing raised pedestrian walkways and valley gutters, installing industrial-looking street lighting, and providing 90 degree and parallel parking along R Street.

Summary of Proposed Project
• Railroad main and siding track minor adjustments
• Damaged cobbles will be replaced, if available.
• Distorted track segments will be replaced, if available.
• Historic buildings will be protected during construction
• Historic trees will be replaced where possible
• Gritty industrial raised walkway and streets are proposed
• Four inch high walkway provides ADA accessibility with minimal clutter.
• Pedestrian scale industrial lighting is proposed• Overhead electrical and phone to remain on south side of street
• Loading docks continue to function
• Plan accommodates future improvements (capitol lofts)
• Bulb-outs only on numbered streets.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Powerhouse Science Center at Jibboom Street

Also know as Sacramento Museum of History, Science and Technology which is planned for the Jibboom Street power station.



Looks like this is still plugging away. The city is entering into another ERN with the teams running the show. Looks like an all local team which I imagine many of them are doing pro bono.

Jibboom Street Powerhouse Station Site (Click for staff report)

Team: Carson Development, John F Otto Inc, Dreyfuss and Blackford, Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, Buehler & Buehler. Fundraising is being run by Bentz & Associates who seem to have a lot of experience in this type of thing.

The latest time table seems really aggressive. Hopefully they have some commitements all lined up to meet this time line:


This sounds like something I sure would love to take my kid to, so I wish them all the luck in the world, and I'm sure I'll toss a few bucks their way since I'm positive they will need what ever they can get.

To sign up for more info down the road:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Movie in Fremont Park - September 19th - 5pm


Celebrate CADA's 30th Anniversary and the Revival of Fremont Park!

Join the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA), Councilman Rob Fong, the City of Sacramento Parks & Recreation, and Local 522 of Sacramento Area Fire Fighters on Friday, September 19, 2008 from 5pm to 9:45pm for food, live entertainment and Disney's movie, "Enchanted." Fremont Park is located at 16th and P Streets and the public is encouraged to walk to the event or utilize the free bike valet provided by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA).

Avoid the commute and enjoy barbequed hamburgers and hot dogs starting at 5pm! Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the movie, but come early as the seating area is limited to 200 people. Admission is free and the movie is anticipated to start at dusk (around 7:30pm).There will be a bounce house, balloon artist, face painter, carnival games and free fingerprinting for the children.

For more information about CADA's 30th Anniversary, contact Karen Fleming, CADA Communications Administrator at (916) 322-2114 or (916)384-7210.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dim the Lights

Our modest skyline got a little darker last month. It appears that the Wells Fargo Tower has turned off its exterior lights and has now joined several other high-rises that also don't turn on their exterior lights. It's sad really, no sooner doe's the new US Bank Tower down the street turn on it's dancing LED lights giving Capitol Mall some life, the Wells Fargo tower turns it's lights off.

Two other notable towers downtown that should also have their lights on is the CalEPA building and the Federal Court House on I Street. Both building have pleasing displays around their crowns and really make our city twinkle at night when on.

The Elks Building off J Street was first lit-up about six months ago and I really like what they have done. It’s good to see that one of our historical landmarks can get so much love by its owners.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

14th and R Update

I've had a chance to tour the building three times now as it has progressed, I personally love it. (See pictures below)

I'm sure I can't appreciate or criticize small details of a reuse project like this, but a great project for R Street.....now if Capitol Lofts would get going.

As a resident in that area, I'm just as stoked to have a new small specialty type market. I love cooking so I think this place will fit the bill for me perfectly.

I have some high hopes for the remaining retail spaces as well. I think we are in for some cool stuff.


Bob Shallit: Old bakery project in Sacramento anything but Wonder bread, developer says
By Bob Shallit - bshallit@sacbee.com
Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, August 12, 2008

There's a lot to like about the condo-retail complex rising inside a former Wonder Bread bakery warehouse in downtown Sacramento.

But Bay Miry, of the project's D&S Development team, is proudest of an unlikely element: the loft staircases.

Some are spiral, some cantilevered, some made of wood, others of concrete.

No two are alike. Same goes for the "true loft" housing units, which are under construction and range from 550 to 900 square feet. They're on the market for $215,000 to $390,000.

"One thing we've learned in this market," says Miry, while touring the 95-year-old brick complex at 14th and R streets, "is you can't do cookie-cutter."

Sales have been impressive, considering the slow pace elsewhere. Even though the condos won't be finished until next spring, Miry says deposits are in for seven of the 12 units, which will have brick walls, polished concrete floors, exposed beams and ceilings that rise as high as 22 feet.

The first-floor retail space also is getting interest, the 27-year-old Miry reports. One lease has been signed for a specialty grocery, he says. And deals with two eateries are pending.

What accounts for the relatively quick sales of the condo units? Primarily it's their R Street location in a hot neighborhood adjacent to light rail, says D&S principal David Miry, who is Bay's dad.

The area, he says, "is the city's future for mixed use (projects) and entertainment."

Friday, August 08, 2008

Crystal Cream Project Pushes Forward

The old Crystal Cream & Butter Co. site on D Street will soon submit plans to build 217 homes without subsidies. The closely packed proposed single-family homes are shooting to build them at a price of $125 per square foot. The developer (MetroNova Development LLC) believes that this can be done with innovative design. The project will also include 90,000sf of office space designed to be sold on the “D” Street side.

The Alkali and Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association has approved the design with demolition work already started at the site. The projects expected to go to the city planning commission in September and then on to the design commission shortly after that. The Creamery site still needs to be rezoned from industrial to a mix of housing and commercial. If the City Council approves the project, construction could start by spring.