Midtown Housing, Going Up

Since the available space is taken, going up is really the only solution, as this article in the Sacramento Bee makes clear; and adding to the Sacramento skyline with towers in midtown sounds like a very smart—and very beautiful—way to develop property there.

An excerpt.

Most of the tallest objects in midtown Sacramento are trees, but a pair of ambitious development proposals along J Street suggest that may not be true for long.

First, there was Yamanee, a 15-story condo tower planned for 25th and J streets. A group of city residents is suing to block the project, arguing that its height violates state environmental laws and city codes. But the City Council has blessed the building, and the developer vows to start construction next year.

Now comes another project, just five blocks away. It wouldn’t be quite as tall as Yamanee, but 19J would still tower over the corner of 19th and J streets at 11 stories.

Just the thought of building a high-rise in midtown likely sent many longtime midtown residents into orbit. This is a neighborhood, after all, where residents fight over three-story homes in alleys.

“When I heard about Yamanee, I admit I had a very knee-jerk reaction of ‘No way,’” said George Raya, a longtime central city resident and co-chair of the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association. “But we’re running out of land; we can’t continue to build exterior suburbs. We’ve got to go up.”

Raya and many of his neighbors support Yamanee. And so far, they seem pleased with 19J.

19J would tower over its surroundings. But in a way, it could also help maintain the character of midtown.

Unlike other luxury condo towers that have popped up recently, 19J would feature studios and apartments that are compact and relatively affordable, with some units going for less than $1,000 a month.

“This is such a crucial project in terms of addressing the affordability issue we’re seeing in midtown,” said Nikky Mohanna, the project’s developer. “The vision is to provide housing for our young workforce.”

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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