Midtown Development is Good

And what it is really good for is increasing the Downtown/Midtown synergy and economy by increasing the number of people who will live, work and shop there—and because of the existing lot layout, sometimes building up is the only real option—all good for Sacramento.

An excerpt from the article in the Sacramento Bee.

Several major development projects are planned for midtown Sacramento and its surrounding neighborhoods. Now city leaders want to see those plans turned into reality.

The city’s planning commission is scheduled to tackle three more significant projects on Thursday, including a vote on whether to approve an eight-story condo building at 15th and Q streets that would tower over the emerging Fremont Park area. 15Q would be the work of D&S Development, the same firm that constructed the 16 Powerhouse midrise condo complex across the park.

Also on the planning commission’s agenda is a vote on approving 32 town homes along 20th Street between P and R streets. Those townhouses would fill two empty blocks adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that run through midtown.

The commission is also scheduled to review plans for a 253-unit apartment building dubbed The Press to be constructed at 21st and Q streets, the current site of The Sacramento Bee’s parking garage. No vote on that plan is scheduled this week.

Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents the central city, said the proposed development activity has created a “tremendous opportunity.”

“Overall, Sacramento’s downtown core is resurgent, but we also have to make sure things that have been proposed get done,” he said. “We have the capacity to absorb them. The question is: Will developers get them done?”

For now, developers appear to be racing to build homes, shops and restaurants in the central city. Hansen, Mayor Kevin Johnson and other city leaders have touted an initiative to attract 10,000 units of housing to the central city over the next decade.

Incremental steps are being taken to reach that goal, including the planning commission’s May 12 approval of midtown’s tallest residential structure.

Yamanee, a 178-foot tower at 25th and J streets, received mixed reviews from neighborhood activists and preservationists. Some have lauded it as an architectural jewel that will attract new residents to the midtown grid, while others argued that a building of its height belongs downtown. The plans call for the building to include 134 condos with large patios and fireplaces that face inside and out, much like the lanais found in Hawaiian homes. The rooftop, 13 stories above J Street, would include a gym, sun deck and lap pool.


About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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