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New use for old docks? West Sac looks at updating Raley’s dock, rice mill pier

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 23, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento city staff have begun plans to upgrade and rehabilitate a couple of the town’s connections with the Sacramento River. At a September 9 public meeting, about a dozen members of the public showed up to listen to staff’s ideas, and share the

  The ‘old’ dock at Raley’s Landing. Accessed from a ramp behind the ziggurat building, it faced Old Sacramento across the Sacramento River. Formerly home to a paddlewheeler and used as a ‘water taxi’ stop, the location may again start to draw boaters. This shot shows the former downstream end of the dock; a row of disused pilings now stands ready to be reused to the upstream (left) side of the photo.    (photo from City of West Sacramento)

The ‘old’ dock at Raley’s Landing. Accessed from a ramp behind the ziggurat building, it faced Old Sacramento across the Sacramento River. Formerly home to a paddlewheeler and used as a ‘water taxi’ stop, the location may again start to draw boaters. This shot shows the former downstream end of the dock; a row of disused pilings now stands ready to be reused to the upstream (left) side of the photo. (photo from City of West Sacramento)

ir own, about the Raley’s dock and the Rice Mill Pier.

The “Raley’s Landing” dock was dismantled by the city almost two years ago after deteriorating into a navigational hazard. Accessed by a ramp behind the ziggurat building, north of the Tower Bridge, the dock was formerly a home for the paddleboat “Elizabeth Louise” and later as a stop for the “River Otter Taxi Service.” It was originally built as a private dock for the Raley’s corporation, founded by the late Tom Raley.

The City of West Sacramento now has a lease from the State Lands Commission for use of the dock and gangway.

Tentative plans call for the dock to be rebuilt to modern, disability-compliant standards, and provide a lighted spot for public boats to dock temporarily. Construction would use existing pilings and new concrete floats. With a 430-foot overall length, the new dock would include a berthing dock (downstream) that is 60 feet long and 25 feet wide, and an upriver stretch that’s 370 feet long and eight feet wide.

Further downriver is the site of the existing – but closed and fenced-off – “Rice Mill Pier,” which juts onto the Sacramento River in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. According to a city staff report, a rice storage and milling facility was built at this waterfront (not far north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge) in 1918. A later owner, the Rice Growers Association, obtained permission for “wharfage” in 1982.  The site is now owned by Smart Growth Investors II, LLC, led by Mark Friedman. That company is spearheading development of the mixed-use “Bridge District,” located between the Tower Bridge and freeway on West Sacramento’s waterfront.

  The Rice Mill Pier is now gated off. It’s just north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge (background) and may be redesigned to attract pedestrians out for a riverfront walk, as the surrounding Bridge District redevelops. Planned work would also remove flotsam backing up along the pier’s pilings -- and try to keep this floating debris from accumulating in the future (Photo from the City of West Sacramento)

The Rice Mill Pier is now gated off. It’s just north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge (background) and may be redesigned to attract pedestrians out for a riverfront walk, as the surrounding Bridge District redevelops. Planned work would also remove flotsam backing up along the pier’s pilings — and try to keep this floating debris from accumulating in the future (Photo from the City of West Sacramento)

The 30-year “wharfage” lease expired in 2012, and the City of West Sacramento is now applying for a  new pier lease.

City officials are drawing up plans to “rehabilitate the existing pier for public access” and repair the pier’s substructure. The new pier would offer pedestrians hand rails and lighting as they view the water from above.

Planners hope to obtain grant money from the state’s Department of Boating and Waterways to pursue the pier and dock projects over the next several years.

Last month’s public presentation at city hall was co-hosted by John Sneed of the Public Works Department.

 

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New West Sac company will make rice buns

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 25, 2013 —

Today, West Sacramento officials announced the identity of the new Japanese company planning to build a factory and U.S. headquarters in the city’s Southport Business Park.

It is Shinmei Corporation, Ltd., reported city spokesman Art Schroeder:

“Shinmei will construct a 28,000 square foot facility with an opening scheduled for summer 2014. Shinmei produces high quality rice buns in a variety of flavors. With plans to implement locally-grown rice, the new Shinmei plant will enhance West Sacramento’s rising status as a global food hub.”

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BELOW, AN EXCERPT FROM TODAY’S CITY PRESS RELEASE:

From the City of West Sacramento

  Sacramento-based Potter-Taylor & Company together with the MacLaughlin Company and global management consultants, Victus Partners, will construct the 28,000 square foot building on six acres in West Sacramento’s Southport Business Park.

  The new facility, which is expected to open its doors in June 2014, will produce Shinmei’s “Rice Bun”, a value-added rice product positioned as a gluten-free alternative burger bun. The product is firmly established and sold in many global markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia. The  debut of the “Rice Bun” in the United States’ retail and food service markets parallels the rapidly-growing number of American consumers moving towards gluten-free diets. Shinmei is offering a healthy choice replacement for many gluten products. The “Rice Bun” is GMO-free, conveniently microwavable, and versatile—it can be made from brown or white rice, and organic or non-organic, with multiple flavors.

  The expansion into the U.S. market creates considerable value for the Sacramento region. Shinmei is investing over $10 million in the new facility, which will employ 100+ permanent jobs in Phase 1 and increase up to 500 positions in the near future. In addition, the “Rice Bun’s” primary raw material —rice—will be sourced locally from Sacramento-region farmers.

  “We will bring Japanese rice processing technology to California,” said Mitsuzo Fujio, President of Shinmei U.S.A. “Our goal is to build relationships with the agricultural sector by collaborating with local rice farmers, integrating our ‘Rice Bun’ product into the U.S. market, and streamlining our entire process from beginning to end. We hope that through our ‘Rice Bun’ product, American people can enjoy rice, Japan’s most treasured commodity, as a key part of their everyday meals.”

  “Food production is a major component in the global economy. West Sacramento has the location and transportation modes which provide businesses a foundation to succeed,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “From West Sacramento, businesses are producing and shipping product around the world.”

  A collaborative effort helped promote Shinmei on the benefits of West Sacramento. Assisting the City of West Sacramento was the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO) and Ridge Capital, Inc., a Northern California-based real estate investment and development firm, which manages the Southport Business Park.

  “We welcome Shinmei U.S.A. to the growing community of food-related companies in the Sacramento region, America’s farm-to-fork capital,” said SACTO Chair, Gary Bradus, shareholder with Weintraub Tobin. “We are honored that Shinmei has chosen West Sacramento in which to locate its new U.S. headquarters and production facility.”

  Shinmei, U.S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Shinmei Co., Ltd. For over one hundred years, Shinmei Japan has been one of the country’s largest rice millers and distributors. The company also runs a factory in Japan that produces and distributes cooked-rice products, and has an affiliate company, Genki Sushi, a popular chain of over 200 sushi restaurants in Japan and around the world. Shinmei hopes to bring its experience and rice industry knowledge to the U.S., sharing the virtues of rice and rice products with American consumers.

END OF CITY OF WEST SACRAMENTO PRESS RELEASE TEXT

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New Japanese food company coming to Southport in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 24, 2013 —

West Sacramento officials announced today that a Japanese company plans to build a 25,000-square foot production facility and U.S. headquarters in the Southport Business Park in West Sacramento.

The identity of the company will be announced at a press conference tomorrow, with representatives from the Sacramento Area Commerce & Trade Organization (SACTO) and Ridge Capital in attendance to welcome managers from the company.

Ridge Capital manages the business park; SACTO is given credit for helping to recruit the company.

Southport Business Park is located along Ramco Boulevard just south of the barge canal.

City spokesman Art Schroeder said the new company is a good fit with Mayor Christopher Cabaldon’s effort to develop the city as a “global food hub.” Other food-related facilities in West Sacramento include planned or new developments by Japan’s Nippon Shokken, Norway’s Tomra Sorting Solutions, and Germany’s Bayer CropScience. They join Tony’s Fine Foods, Nor Cal Beverage and the Raley’s headquarters.

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What’s going in near Lowe’s?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

A couple of readers have noticed the earth-moving work now underway next to Taco Bell and the Lowe’s center in Southport. The new earth moving work is on the north side of the complex, near the bridge.

A new restaurant or two, perhaps?

Not so, a city planning department rep told the News-Ledger yesterday.

“This is going to be for a self-storage facility,” she said. “West Sacramento Self Storage.”

 

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