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‘Tour de West Sac’ citizens poke around some city hot spots on two wheels

CHRIS LEDESMA (towards right, with dark shirt) makes a point about the Michael McGowan Bridge now under construction on South River Road. The bridge will first connect South River Road, and later connect with Village Parkway in Southport. (News-Ledger photo)

CHRIS LEDESMA (towards right, with dark shirt) makes a point about the Michael McGowan Bridge now under construction on South River Road. The bridge will first connect South River Road, and later connect with Village Parkway in Southport. Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 4, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Close to 50 people joined West Sacramento city councilman Chris Ledesma on Saturday, May 31, for the “Tour de West Sac,” an informal bike tour of some of the town’s new and soon-to-be-new highlights.

The group departed from Nugget market in Southport. Using the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and local roads, they visited the bridge now under construction on South River Road, the Bridge District, Broderick restaurant, Sycamore Trail and Bike Dog Brewery.

The News-Ledger met up with the group at the construction site of the Michael McGowan Bridge, a span that will soon cross the barge canal on South River Road.

Ledesma explained to the crowd that the land was formerly owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the $12 million bridge will first connect both halves of South River Road across the waterway, and later will connect with Village Parkway.

“It will be another arterial from north to south,” said Ledesma. “It will have bike lanes on it, and we are doing plumbing and wiring to accommodate a streetcar.”

Ledesma also made reference to a long-awaited new bridge the other direction: one running east to west, connecting West Sacramento to I-5 and Sacramento. He said that such a bridge – long opposed by Sacramento leaders – is now in the works, and this planned “Broadway Bridge” will probably land north of the bridge site, near where a Clark Pacific cement plant tower near stands.

The plant’s site, the acreage near the McGowan Bridge and much of the rest of the city’s industrial riverfront will eventually transition to more urban-style uses, said Ledesma.

And as a note of trivia, Ledesma added that West Sacramento-based Clark Pacific is the same company now fabricating pieces of the striking new “spaceshippy” headquarters for Apple in Cupertino. Clark Pacific also has a plant in Woodland.

After the brief chat at the bridge, Ledesma and his informal tour group – men, women, children and babies in trailers – pedaled north on South River Road, heading under the freeway for the rest of their tour.

 

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West Sac readies for new, outdoor venue on riverfront — for farmers market, concerts, beer garden

THE BARN will include an overhead crossing of Garden Street, near the Tower Bridge and Raley Field, as well as indoor facilities.   (City of West Sacramento/artist’s rendering)

THE BARN will include an overhead crossing of Garden Street, near the Tower Bridge and Raley Field, as well as indoor facilities.
(City of West Sacramento/artist’s rendering)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 21, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento City Council last week to approve spending about $2.6 million in “capital improvement project” funds toward a project designed to attract visitors to the city’s developing riverfront.

The contribution will help build a $5.6 million outdoor venue called “The Barn,” in conjunction with developer Mark Friedman and his Smart Growth Investors II, LLC. It’s to be built across Garden Street next to the Riverwalk trail along the Sacramento River.

The project is meant to “evoke the agricultural heritage of West Sacramento,” according to a city staff report. It includes a kitchen and meeting space and will also be operated as a beer garden when sufficient foot traffic is expected. It may also host farmers markets, concerts and other events. The facility will be operated by a vendor.

A city plan for its “Bridge District” authorizes up to $19.7 million in “backbone” improvements to Riverwalk, as well as another $46 million that could be spent on shade structures, piers, gardens, art and “distributed recreational elements.”

The city revenue is “derived from Bridge District development,” City Manager Martin Tuttle told the News-Ledger yesterday. It’s not “general fund” money earmarked for uses such as police or fire protection.

The partners plan to have “The Barn” open this October. They’ve booked “The Launch,” a three-day concert last year held in Sacramento, as an opening event.

The land is privately-owned, and the deal approved by the council includes a lease and lease-back arrangement for 30 years.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon abstained from last week’s vote. He told the News-Ledger yesterday that while he had no legal “conflict of interest” to prevent him from voting, he is planning to move to a nearby development in the Bridge District.

“I thought it was better to abstain,” he said.

The other council members present – Mark Johannessen, Chris Ledesma and Bill Kristoff – authorized city staff to finalize and sign the deal for public participation.

 

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West Sac residents take a look at city’s long-term ‘general plan’

At a public workshop Monday evening, Mayor Cabaldon asked West Sacramento residents to ask what they wanted their city to look like in the future.  The city is updating its long-term ‘general plan,’ which has a 20-year horizon. (News-Ledger photo)

At a public workshop Monday evening, Mayor Cabaldon asked West Sacramento residents to ask what they wanted their city to look like in the future. The city is updating its long-term ‘general plan,’ which has a 20-year horizon.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 30, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

About 75 citizens attended a meeting Monday evening to provide input on the West Sacramento’s long-range “general plan,” and to make comments four specific planning projects. Hosted by the city’s planning department, the workshop took place in the community center on West Capitol Avenue.

Several residents asked questions and showed concern about new growth bringing about more traffic problems, and about the city’s level of protection from floods.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon attended briefly.

“The general plan, as you’ll hear, is one of the most important plans we have in the city,” Cabaldon told the crowd. “It is a long-term plan. It goes to 2035 – but that doesn’t mean nothing is going to happen until July of 2034.”

He asked participants at the workshop to envision the city they want.

“What do you want this place to be like, in value-based terms?,” Cabaldon asked. “What do you want your neighborhoods to be like?”

The mayor himself said the future city ought not to be “all residential suburbs” or “just rural, with horses,” but ought to be combined of different elements, including housing opportunities for the different stages of life.

West Sacramento’s city manager for the past two years is Martin Tuttle, a former executive with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). Tuttle talked to the crowd about the “Blueprint,” a six-county regional guide to future development.

The Blueprint aims to promote transit-oriented development, encouraging compact growth near transportation options and attempting to avoid sprawl into farmlands.

“This community has incredible assets,” said Tuttle of West Sacramento, including “the port area, the riverfront and the emerging downtown area. . . You really are seeing more compact development, more development near transit. When we started ‘Blueprint,’ Sacramento was on its way to 35 miles per day of driving per person. Now it’s around 21 miles.”

David Tilley, the city’s senior planner, explained that the general plan contains a number of distinct elements – most mandated by the state. The plan includes a “preferred land use alternative,” a climate change plan and other elements.

“Our general plan will keep the child care element (in) and also have a ‘healthy communities’ element,” reported Tilley. Cities are required to create a general plan and update it periodically.

He introduced the four specific project areas being shown off at the workshop, inviting residents to look at drawings, chat with staff and leave comments, which staff would try to tabulate afterward.

The “Stone Lock District,” he said, surrounds the barge canal near Jefferson Boulevard, and includes the bluffs known as “Honda Hills” often used by motorcyclists.

“This is roughly 210 acres,” said Tilley. “It could be ripe for a master plan of some sort.”

An earlier plan to jointly develop Stone Lock with the Cordish Company expired during the economic downturn.

“Seaway” includes about 300 acres west of Lowe’s, on Port of West Sacramento property along Southport Parkway. It has been zoned for industrial and business park uses.

“It’s on the table,” Tilley said. “We want to hear what you think is best for the community.”

The “Liberty Specific Plan” is the only one of the four projects with a working developer on board. The acreage is east of the Clarksburg Trail in Southport, between Linden Road to the north and Davis Road to the south. It could hold up to 1,900 residential units.

“This is the last major piece in Southport that’s unentitled,” said Tilley.

Lastly mentioned was “Pioneer Bluffs.”

“This is the area along South River Road south of 15th Street, going down to where it presently dead-ends.”

This stretch is home to “legacy uses,” said Tilley, including the city’s old wastewater treatment plant and industrial uses including petroleum “tank farms.”

“It’s been long-planned to transition to mixed-use, but the question is how do we do that,” said Tilley. “It’s likely to be served by not one, but two new bridges: the South River Road Bridge, and another, perhaps in the area of 15th Street, crossing from Sacramento.”

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Public can comment on big city plans

The “Liberty” project. City officials will be taking public comment on this Southport project area, which will be home to up to 1,900 residential units, as well as three other West Sacramento project areas, at an April 28 public meeting. (from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

The “Liberty” project. City officials will be taking public comment on this Southport project area, which will be home to up to 1,900 residential units, as well as three other West Sacramento project areas, at an April 28 public meeting. Click to enlarge.
(from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento will hold a public meeting about the process of updating its general plan at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the community center.

The updated plan is meant to guide city policy and growth patterns for years to come.

The public will also be allowed to give input on fourth specific growth areas:

— Stone Lock, consisting of about 215 acres of publicly-owned land along the barge canal near Jefferson Boulevard, mostly stretching east-west next to the canal;

— Pioneer Bluff, a corridor of old industrial uses, including petroleum “tank farms,” along the riverfront of the Sacramento River. The corridor stretches along South River Road from Stone Lock to the U.S. 50 freeway;

— Liberty Specific Plan area, a planned 1,900-unit, 450-acre area that’s part of the planned “northeast village” of Southport. It’s located against the river levee and also bounded by Davis Road to the south, the Clarksburg Branch Line Trial to the west, and to Linden Road and its subdivisions to the north;

— Seaway, a 270-acre project area at the Port of Sacramento. Current zoning allows for such uses as industry, business park and open space, but not housing. The property is located just south of the port’s turning basin – along Southport Parkway, west of Lake Washington Boulevard.

The general plan meeting will be held at the city community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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