BREAKING: Saca re-submits Metropolitan high-rise plan
A decade after his audacious high-rise project on Capitol Mall came to a halt, developer John Saca has resurrected plans for a similar project at 10th and J streets in downtown Sacramento.
An application filed this week calls for a high-rise at 921 10th St. called The Metropolitan. Though the exact height is not specified on the city's website, the description of the project calls for either 320 residential condominium units or 190 condominiums and 190 hotel rooms.
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This is a big deal for our city...an opportunity to start transforming one of downtown Sacramento's most blighted blocks. Let's hope it gets off the ground this time around!
If you haven't already visited Wide Open Walls, don't miss! This year's expanded event is certain to add some flair to our city, and features dozens of murals throughout. The most exciting aspect is that it's incorporating a mix of local, national and international artists.
More than murals, Wide Open Walls is a sign Sacramento has finally arrived
Some of us are feeling excitement, while others are filled with distraught. One thing's for certain...downtown Sacramento is changing quickly before our eyes! How do you feel about all of this expansion happening at once?
6 major construction projects underway in downtown Sacramento
It seems a new restaurant or lounge is opening each week in Sacramento's central city. We're personally excited about this trend, but fingers crossed that our fair city can sustain all of these new businesses. Do you think we're already maxed out on food and beverage venues, or is there still plenty of room for more?
New downtown cocktail lounge will channel ‘the classic American decade’
It's exactly what midtown Sacramento needed...especially with all of the new pet friendly housing being built nearby. What an exciting addition to our city!
New Dog Park Opens in Midtown Sacramento
The big question on everyone's mind...will Sacramentan's embrace or shun this So Cal based brew house?
Demolition begins for future brewery in midtown
We are so excited to see the R Street Corridor transforming into a haven for new businesses and residences. This is currently our favorite district in the central city...what is yours?
Downtown Sacramento building aims for gold standard of green
SacTown Social Bikes, a new tour company based in downtown Sacramento, is bringing more pedal power to the capital city.
Co-owners Ruben Amaya and his fiancée Lalena Nelson have been slowly rolling out bikes for tours since early February, and tentatively plan to officially launch March 3 to coincide with the opening of Cantina Alley— a new Mexican eatery in midtown, which will be one of the company’s two pickup locations, along with downtown’s Vallejo’s Restaurant.
Like the other bike tour outfits in the region, Sac Brew Bike and Off the Chain, the new group offers a 15-seat party bike, but SacTown Social also curates tours on two smaller six-seat bikes, which are configured in a circular formation so that riders can easily engage with each other while pedaling along the street.
Sandy Smoley, the indomitable doyenne of all things Sacramento, is at it again. The former County Supervisor, Health and Welfare Secretary under Governor Pete Wilson, and current “Queen of Midtown” (for the coveted who’s-who soirees she holds on her porch) is on a crusade to “Repower the Tower” by relighting the Tower Bridge in brighter, more energy-efficient and endlessly programmable LED lights.
The idea came to the 80 year-old Smoley, who resembles a fairy godmother with her splashy outfits and outgoing persona (easy to imagine her keeping a wand in her handbag), while she was dining on the bridge during last year’s Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner Sept. 25. She thought the bridge looked “tired,” she says. So she put together a small, informal action committee, enlisted the help of Un/common (formerly the Glass Agency) and set about raising the $900,000 in private funds it will take to retrofit the bridge’s current lighting system with a programmable LED system fit for the city’s signature monument.
The 225-unit development is scheduled for completion in August of next year.
Sacramento, Calif.—AMCAL Equities LLC has closed financing and launched construction on a new student housing community serving California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) students. The 225-unit development is scheduled for completion in August of next year. Located just one-fifth of a mile from the university, it will deliver 750 beds, state-of-the-art amenities and pedestrian-friendly nearness to the CSUS campus.
The $75 million project on 9.2 acres has been funded by Agoura Hills, Calif.-based AMCAL, which used $22.5 million in equity investment funding from Irvine-based Anchor Real Estate Capital and a $50 million JPMorgan Chase construction loan.
“We believe there is adequate demand in the marketplace for a new student housing development with our building design, unit types, location and amenities,” AMCAL director of market rate and student housing Stephen Clarke told MHN.
“There is currently a housing shortage within walking distance to campus. Housing specifically targeted to students both on- and off-campus can accommodate less than 13 percent of the university enrollment.”
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Big plans could be in the future for the city’s riverfront district. In his first state of downtown address, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg released his ideas to make the city more of a destination for visitors and locals.
“Our opportunity is to make our city and region an essential experience to tourists and people who live in our city and in our region,” he said in his address Wednesday morning. “Let us acknowledge that even with our momentum, we do not yet have enough iconic attractions in our downtown, our city or our region.”
Steinberg suggested adding a grand urban park, an observation tower, a public market, and an aquarium, like the one in Monterey Bay.
From nearly the womb, most Sacramentans are raised with the civic-pride-inducing belief that we have more trees per capita than any other city in the world after Paris. Now, thanks to Treepedia, a new project launched by MIT that uses Google Maps’ vast troves of street view data to measure tree coverage in cities around the globe, our superior arboreal standing is more secure than ever.
“It seems your [City of Trees] nickname is well deserved,” confirms professor Carlo Ratti, director of the university’s Senseable City Lab, which runs the Treepedia project. “Among the  cities we analyzed, Sacramento is the greenest city in the States." And globally, we rank third, after Vancouver and Singapore. The other metropolises studied include New York, Paris, Los Angeles, London, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Geneva, Tel Aviv, Turin, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
West Sacramento’s funky Barn entertainment venue is adding a coop.
Drake’s Brewing Co. of San Leandro, which was selected in July to run the food and drink program at the undulating waterfront structure, is seeking approval to make several additions. The West Sacramento City Council is scheduled to receive a briefing on the plans at its meeting Wednesday.
According to a city staff report, “Drake’s proposed tenant improvements are designed to support a full service wood-fired pizza restaurant with 34 beers on tap and an open-air beer garden featuring up to 10 gas fire pits with Adirondack seating and regular live music.”
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/city-beat/article127041919.html#storylink=cpy
It is one of midtown Sacramento’s quietest corners, a world away from the hopping nightclubs, restaurants and stores of J and K streets. The industries that once occupied the blocks along Q, R and S streets east of 15th Street mostly departed long ago, leaving a legacy of weedy vacant lots and train tracks.
Now this overlooked part of the central city is about to get a major influx of development. If all goes as planned, it will emerge as one of Sacramento’s most densely populated neighborhoods.
More than 650 apartments and town homes are either under construction or in final planning stages within three blocks of 19th and Q streets. The wave of housing construction – much of it to be offered at upper-end rents and prices – represents the largest concentration of new housing injected into Sacramento’s central city in decades, and promises to turn the area surrounding the midtown Safeway into a teeming village of 1,200 or more residents within the next couple of years.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article125142479.html#storylink=cpy
Get ready to eat your heart out, Sacramento. The 12th annual Dine Downtown, which is returning to the capital city for 10 days from Jan. 12-22, will feature three-course meals at 35 restaurants in downtown and midtown for a fixed price of $35 each.
During last year’s Dine Downtown, Sacramento restaurants served over 12,000 meals to hungry patrons, and in the past 11 years, the event has racked up over $4 million in revenue for participating restaurants and charities. This year’s roster includes hot spots like Iron Horse Tavern and Empress Tavern and Sacramento classics like Biba and Frank Fat’s, as well as new places like Skool on K. A dollar from each meal will be donated to the Food Literacy Center and other Sacramento social programs.
Continue Reading: http://www.sactownmag.com/Whats-Cooking/2017/Dine-Downtown/
Carissa More - I'm a native Sacramentan, local real estate agent and entrepreneur. I enjoy keeping tabs on new developments, businesses and events in our central city district. This is a collection of interesting articles from various media sources.