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West Sac looks to public art to help unify Sac/West Sac streetcar line

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 14, 2014 —

The West Sacramento City Council voted last month to work with regional partners to apply for a public arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) . The “Our Town” grant of up to $200,000 would focus on bringing art pieces to the city’s Washington neighborhood and the future streetcar route connecting Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Also involved in the art planning project are the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the City of Sacramento and Crocker Arts Museum.

“The ‘Our Town’ proposal envisions art installations as a place-making feature of the planned streetcar route and way-finding for bicyclists and pedestrians moving between West Sacramento’s waterfront neighborhoods and civic center and Sacramento’s railyards, capitol and museums,” said a staff report. “The cities would also use the funds to select one artist that will create two pieces which will engage, interact or connect with each other to be installed in each side of the river respectively. Another installation will be analyzed within the Washington District depending on the final grant award amount and budget.”

The plan being proposed to the NEA calls first for a consultant to work with the public and create a “curatorial vision” for the Washington district and streetcar area. No actual art pieces have yet been picked.

The city has already received a $400,000 grant for art from the state parks department, for art at the corner of Riverwalk and Tower Bridge Gateway, with a $200,000 local match.  These funds will be used as the “local match” needed for the proposed NEA grant.

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Silo demolition now underway

A wrecking ball begins the job of taking down the silos north of the freeway along West Sac’s riverfront. Demolition is expected to take 8-10 weeks. (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

A wrecking ball begins the job of taking down the silos north of the freeway along West Sac’s riverfront. Demolition is expected to take 8-10 weeks. (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

Demolition is underway on the former CEMEX cement silos in West Sacramento’s Pioneer Bluff area.

That region is a corridor of riverfront along South River Road north of the freeway. The former heavy-industrial area is now zoned for mixed-use urban development. The new uses are expected to come in whenever the market starts to drive them.

Pioneer Bluff is expected to benefit from a couple of new bridges — one just about completed, connecting South River Road across the barge canal, and the other slated for a future date across the Sacramento River to land near Broadway.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon gives a few comments before demolition begins. (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon gives a few comments before demolition begins.
(Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

North Star Demolition and Remediation is managing the demolition of the 50-year old silos off South River Road.

Demolition kicked off with a press conference Tuesday morning, Oct. 28.

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Riverfront concert: ‘a hit’, say sponsors

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

A music festival’s first time on the West Sacramento riverfront appeared to be a success.

Organizers say “TBD Fest” from Friday to Sunday in West Sacramento’s Bridge District drew about 21,000 people.  The event was formerly known as “Launch” and held annually in Sacramento.

Dozens of musical acts included headliners Moby, Empire of the Sun, and Justice. There was also food and art.

West Sacramento is trying to redevelop and show off its riverfront as a gathering place.

The event did draw noise complaints from people living nearby on both sides of the river.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger that his department received 16 noise complaints on Friday night and seven more on Saturday, with no figures available for Sunday.

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‘Sactoberfest’ returns to West Sac riverfront for a second year

A huge beer garden tent was part of last year's inaugural Oktoberfest-themed party in West Sacramento's Bridge District, (Photo courtesy of Finrich Events LLC)

A huge beer garden tent was part of last year’s inaugural Oktoberfest-themed party in West Sacramento’s Bridge District, (Photo courtesy of Finrich Events LLC)

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Beer, keg rolling and “worst tossing” are all on tap as Sactoberfest returns to West Sacramento’s Bridge District October 10-12.

The three-day festival is expected to draw at least 8,500 visitors to celebrate the German tradition. There will be brews from both the old country and local breweries such as Sudwerk, Yolo Brewing Co., Bike Dog and Jackrabbit (the last three of which are in West Sacramento), served under a 22,000 square foot tent by waitresses in ‘drindl’ costumes. Local eateries such as Broderick Roadhouse will also be on hand, as will live music. The event will center at the new “Barn” outdoor structure, 951 Riverfront Street. Tickets start at $25 (and will go up after Oct. 1).

Visit www.Sactoberfest.com.

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