Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jibboom Street Site & Powerhouse Science Center

Today the Sacramento City Council authorized negotiations on the proposed Sacramento Museum of History, Science and Technology and reuse of the Jibboom Street Power Station Site. The Council also entering into a second extension and exclusive right to negotiate with SMHST for a period of one year which were similar terms as the prior agreements.

It's the City desires to use preservation and adaptive reuse of the old Power Station, as well as add amenities to the adjacent Robert T. Matsui Waterfront Park. The SMHST proposes building the "Powerhouse Science Center" on the site, which will include a science, space and technology museum in the rehabilitated Power Station, with an adjacent restaurant and educational center, a planetarium, and an inviting open public park area. The new riverfront complex includes four floors of exhibit space within the historic building, a new digital planetarium theater, classrooms, Challenger Learning Center, riverfront restaurant and special events center.

The City Council has also agreed to transfer $200,000 from the River District Redevelopment Tax Increment funds to the Richards Blvd. Capitol Improvement Project with matching fund for the Powerhouse Science Center to be used on predevelopment activities that include architectural fees, engineering studies, environmental studies, and entitlement fees. The Science centers seeking $10 million in federal funds, $10 million in city and county, and $10 million from the state in addition to monies from foundations and private donations.

Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects
Developer: Carson Development Company
Science Center: 42,000 sq ft
Learning Center: 5,000 sq ft
Restaurant & Conf. Center: 14,000 sq ft
Completion 2011

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Relocating Downtown Greyhound

This Tuesday the 28th, City Council will vote to authorize construction of the new Greyhound Terminal Building on Richards Blvd. The plan is to have Greyhound terminal moved by April 1, 2012 when the lease at its current location (703 L Street) expires. There is also the possibility that relocation may need to occur sooner if the landlord at 703 L Street exercises its right to an early termination of the current lease. The City Council also plans to suspend the traditional process of competitive bidding for building design because it could extend the project completion time beyond Greyhound's lease expiration date.

Money to pay for this project will come from the cities General Fund (Fund 1001) when city staff return in the fall of 2009 with a recommendation to award the final professional services agreement for architectural design services. Staff will then proceed with the competitive process in selecting a qualified contractor to build the new terminal. The chosen contractor will assist the architect in scoping and designing a constructible facility within the project budget.

Background Information

On December 12, 2006, City Council authorizing the purchase of 300 Richards Boulevard, which included several adjacent vacant parcels, City staff approached Greyhound to determine if the Richards Boulevard site was feasible for its needs until the Sacramento Intermodal Transportation Facility is ready for occupancy. Greyhound's review determined that the site would adequately accommodate its operations.

May 20, 2008, City Council committing $2 million for required site work including grading, utilities, sidewalks, curbs and gutters and the extension of the driveway off of Richards Boulevard to Bannon Street. The balance of the necessary funds ($4 million) will come from Sheraton Hotel sale proceeds earmarked for downtown redevelopment projects.

February 24, 2009, City Council approved the lease agreement with Greyhound and the Mitigation Monitoring Plan for the 420 Richards Boulevard site improvement.

Work is anticipated to begin on site during summer 2010 with completion at the end of 2011.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Broadway Lofts

Today it’s being reported that the developers of a residential and retail project at 19th and Broadway are close to being shovel ready and starting demolition work on the site's existing buildings as early as October. Last week Millennium Real Estate Services reported getting a $25 million commitment from Evanston Financial in addition to the $4.4 million in state Proposition 1C funding.

147,000 sf. Mix-Use project
7,734 sf. Retail
17,628 sf. Office
125 lofts
11 live/work lofts

This is one project I really did not expect to see get off the ground any time soon… but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Station 65 Transit Village Plan

Last week the city council approved Station 65 located at the corner of Folsom Blvd. and 65th Street. It looks as though some gap financing issues still need to be worked out as well as the relocation of the bus station while construction occurs possibly next year.

$120 Million to build
148 Hotel Rooms
100 Residential Rental Units
63,000 sf. Retail and Restaurant
52,000 sf. Offices
30,000 sf. Fitness Center
615 Stall Parking Garage

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The River District Overview

With 773 Gross Acres 675 Land Acres, the River District has a lot of room to develop it own identity becoming a mixed-use urban environment featuring residential, office and commercial services. Currently both Township 9 and the California Lottery Headquarters are breaking ground in an effort to revitalize the area. These major projects and others will serve as catalysts bring development, jobs, public transit and cultural amenities to District and paving the way from a primarily light-industrial commercial district to a distinctive, mixed-use neighborhood that will connect Sacramento to its rivers.

Process & Timeline
April – August 2009
Community Outreach
Chapter Writing for Specific Plan
Policy Development
Special Planning District Update
Historic Resources Survey

September 2009 - Infrastructure Finance Plan – Public Review
October 2009 - Public Draft EIR
January - 2010 Final EIR
Jan-Feb 2010 Public Hearings

Vision & Guiding Principles
- Maximize Connectivity –North/South and East/West.
- Create a Sense of Place.
- Encourage Sustainable Development.
- Build Infrastructure that Provides a Balanced Approach to Regional Traffic Issues.
- Stimulate Economic Growth.
- Provide a Variety of Urban Living Options.
- Support regional strategies that seek to improve social conditions
- Encourage Mixed-Use Development.
- Provide Enhanced Community Facilities and Amenities.
- Engage the Rivers and Foster Open Space Opportunities.
- Create a Walkable District.

Circled is Township 9 - 52 acre development approved August 2007

Goals for the River District Specific Plan
- Specific Plan will include the following:
- Land Use Plan and Zoning with Heights
- Circulation Plan
- Infrastructure / Public Facilities
- Financing Plan
- Nexus Study (Downtown/Railyards/River District Costs)
- Program Level Environmental Impact Report Design Guidelines (Central City Urban Design Guidelines)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Third Saturdays Coming to Downtown

Starting on Saturday, July 18, over 40 local arts, crafts and fashion vendors will descend upon K Street, transforming downtown Sacramento into a bustling creative district.

The Third Saturday Design Downtown street fair will take place once a month and be a creative block party centered on 10th and K streets featuring artists, craft vendors, live music, food, drinks, a beer garden and more. And it’s all free! E-mail music@newsreview.com for more information!

When: Sat, 7/18, 3pm
Where: 10th and K streets

A Touch of Color Inc.
Archradish Apparel
Arts and Business Council
Aztec Cash
BAM Designs
BKD Signature
Bliss Jewelry
Candy Glass
CC Star
Chris Simmons
Devalyn Marshall
Deranged Designs
Essensual Jewelry
Fancy Foury Paws
Geddes Studio
J n J Design
Juli’s Jewels
Just Beecauze
Kenna Foster
Kewish Designs
Magic Salon
Marianne DeMartini
Marty May Press and Stitchery
Meshugga Chic Vintage
Never Felt Better by Jen
Pack Rat Crafts/ From the Heart Designs
Paul Imagine
Penny's Lane Polymer Clay
Project Transaction
Rag and Paper Designs by Gloria Grandy
Robin’s Nest Clothing
Sacto Jewelry
Screen Masters
Transient Treasures
Wandering Mind Designs
Wee Sew Cute

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Railyards

In late June the Railyards were awarded $30.9 million in infrastructure funding by the California Department of Housing and Community Development's Loan and Grant Committee (HCD). This award will allow the project to build additional public infrastructure in this development effort.

The track relocation design effort under TranSystems will sprint into final design following NEPA completion. Bridge plans at 65% prepared by Quincy Engineering, Inc. in collaboration with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for the 5th Street and the 6th Street overpasses over future tracks south of the historic shops have been reviewed and approved by the City. Monitoring of surcharge piles impact on underlying soils at the location of the 5th Street bridge abutments is being conducted by F3 and Associates, Inc. under the supervision of Quincy Engineering and Blackburn Consulting. Preparation to drive indicator piles for bridge foundations is also underway. Teichert Construction has completed the first grading phase on Railyards Boulevard between Bercut Drive and 7th Street. Import of soil for vegetative cover continues by Taylor Heavy Hauling under the supervision of Environmental Resources Management. The amount and pace of infrastructure will accelerate as infrastructure bond dollars are received.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Jibboom Street Park

Jibboom Street Park will act as destination attraction along the existing Sacramento River Parkway bicycle trail that connects Old Sacramento to Discovery Park. The project is being developed in phases, with the first phase completed. The landscaping, open turf area, walkways and benches, and promenade with lighting opened in Autumn 2006.

Jibboom Street Park Phase One developed 6.5 acres of the site surrounding the former PG&E building and extends to the recently completed Sacramento River Intake Facility to the south.

The existing river levee has expanded eastward, with earth fill added to the existing levee to widen it and bring part of the park site to the existing levee height. This visually reduces the scale of the new intake structure and enhance views of the Sacramento River along many locations in the park. An arc-shaped pedestrian walkway crosses the site and links the plaza at the new Sacramento River Intake Structure to a smaller pedestrian overlook at the former water intake pier. Interpretive signage is placed at the small pedestrian overlook at the former intake pier. The area between the levee and the pedestrian walkway creates a "River Green" open space area planted with native grasses, trees and vegetation so visitors can picnic, rest and enjoy views of the river. Other items included in the initial park development are site security lighting, non-mow landscaped berms to screen freeway traffic noise and low maintenance landscape plantings.

Another major feature for the proposed second phase of development is a large group picnic area with shade structures, picnic tables, group grill and site furniture, along with a parking lot. Future development of the project would include rehabilitation of the historic building for a commercial and/or community use, and could involve development of a conference center or restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Sacramento River.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

East End Gateway

All four East End Gateway sites have selected developers and project construction start dates for as early as later this year. All these projects have housing and ground floor retail space along the 16th Street corridor. If all sites get built as planned, a total of 198 housing units will be for rent or sale between the prices of $225,000 (525 Sq. Ft.) and $501,000 (1,100 Sq. Ft.)

East End Gateway Site 4

SE corner 16th & P Street
Developer: MNA Management, Inc. / Foothill Partners
Architect: Mogavero Notestine Associates
Unit Count: 40 condominiums and 8 to 12 rental co-op rooms
Retail Space: 5,560 sq. ft.
Estimated Development Costs: $12,400,000
Projected Construction Period: Late 2011 to Mid 2013
Key Milestones: Developer to provide Financing Plan: August 15, 2009
CADA and Developer enter into Exclusive Negotiating Agreement subject to CADA Board approval of Financing Plan: September 18, 2009

East End Gateway Site 2 & 3

Location: Site 2: NW corner of 16th and O Streets Site 3: SW corner of 16th and O Streets
Developer: Ravel Rasmussen Properties and Separovich/Domich Real Estate
Architect: Stantec Architecture
Unit Count: 60
Retail Space: Site 2: 5,781 sq. ft. Site 3: 7,137 sq.ft.
Estimated Development Costs: Site 2: $9,300,000 Site 3: To be determined
Projected Construction Period: Late 2009 to mid 2010
Upcoming Milestones: July 15, 2009 - Developer to close on the property and start construction.
Status: CADA and Developer have entered into a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) effective as of January 25, 2008. The DDA was amended on January 30, 2009 requiring the Developer to close on the site and start construction by July 15, 2009.
The City Building Department has approved the construction drawings and is prepared to issue a building permit pending payment of fees by the Developer.

East End Gateway Site 1

Location: NW corner of 16th and N Streets
Developer: Em Johnson Interest, Inc & Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund Holdings, Inc.
Architect: Devrouax & Purnell & LDA Architects
Unit Count: 98
Retail Space: Approximately 6,000 square feet oriented along 16th Street
Estimated Development Costs: $37,000,000
Projected Construction Period: Demolition starts: October 2010
Construction ends: February 2012
Upcoming Milestones: Developer submits conceptual design to CADA – 9-09 Stakeholder design presentations – 10-09 Planning Commission and Design Review Commission reviews (tent.) – 9-09 CADA Board review of conceptual design – 10-09 ENA expires – 4-10
Status: CADA and Developer have entered into a an a one-year Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with the Developer on April 17, 2009. The ENA may be extended by up to one additional year by the CADA Board, if needed.

During the ENA period, the developer will be refining the conceptual design, securing a construction financing letter of commitment, and negotiating the terms and conditions of a Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA) with CADA. CADA and the developer will be presenting the conceptual design to key institutional and community stakeholders and stakeholder groups. CADA will be completing an environmental review of the project.

A DDA normally is executed at the end of the ENA period. During the DDA period, the developer will complete the construction documents, secure the building permit, and take title to the site in preparation for construction.

Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2010.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

$55.8M in Prop. 1C funds

Capitol Lofts at 11th and R looking to the southeast

This week the state Department of Housing and Community Development approved four Sacramento projects for $55.8 million in Proposition 1C funds. The four projects awarded funding are The Railyards, Township 9, Curtis Park Village and Capitol Lofts which are all infill infrastructure and transit-oriented development housing projects.

The Capitol Lofts have been a project in the works for around 6 or 7 years, so I really hope this funding jump starts the project. I'm also not sure about Curtis Park Village, this projects been stalled for over a year because Superfund clean-up costs exceeded the $4 million grated to the project in 2008 from Proposition 1C grants.

This year $197 million was available statewide through the Prop. C1 program, these grants will help cover the cost of new infrastructure.