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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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‘Letters to the Editor’: save the trees, adopt a dog or cat

NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — NOV 20, 2013 —

Below are a pair of letters from the News-Ledger’s print edition, Nov. 20, 2013. To see everything in the newspaper, please subscribe. Call (916) 371-8030.

A row of 13 sycamore or London plane trees near the Tower Bridge is threatened by a developer's plan. Letter-writer Lana Paulhamus and her group seek to save them. (News-Ledger photo)

A row of 13 sycamore or London plane trees near the Tower Bridge is threatened by a developer’s plan. Letter-writer Lana Paulhamus and her group seek to save them. (News-Ledger photo)

Save the trees
Fifteen people attended the tour of threatened sycamore trees on Nov. 15 at the Tower Bridge Gateway.
John Lichter, the arborist whose company performed the first arborist report on the sycamores admits that the trees were misidentified in the first report. A new arborist report done by the same company will be available after Nov. 25.
LANA PAULHAMUS
West Sacramento Conservancy
West Sacramento

Find a friend
November is “Adopt a Senior Pet” month. In cat adoptions, at the Yolo County Animal Shelter there are several sweet seniors waiting for you.
Princess (10 yr. old tri tabby with white) and Buddy (8 yrs handsome tuxedo boy) came to the shelter when their owner died.  Their lives have been turned upside down and they only want what they had before – a loving home with a sunny spot just their own.  They do not have to be adopted together.
Pumpkin (calico mix) and Annie (tortie) both 5 years old, really love holding and petting.  Adopt one of these beautiful girls and they will reward you with loyalty and love for many years.
And last, but by no means least, are four of the most handsome, most affectionate boys you will ever meet. Offer Blue (6 yrs blue point Himalayan) your hand and he will not stop rubbing and rolling over. He lives for attention. Daniel (5yrs,male tabby)  and Six Toes (6yrs,tabby poly dactyl) are big boys who love a lap. While they do enjoy batting around the occasional ping pong ball, they are most focused on the comfy life – sitting on laps, treats, petting and a soft bed. Gary (orange tabby) is only 2 yrs old but he too appreciates a quiet lap with lots of attention.
Read more of the story of each of these fabulous felines on Petfinder.com or visit them at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Rd, Woodland (916 375 6492)  All senior cats are $5.00 to adopt.
JUDY SMITH
Shelter Volunteer, Yolo County Animal Shelter

 

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Conservation group invites you to visit threatened West Sacramento trees

A row of about a 'baker's dozen' old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge.  The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

A row of about a ‘baker’s dozen’ old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge. The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

The next phase of a housing project near the Tower Bridge threatens the existence of about a dozen large trees along West Capitol Avenue between 3rd and 5th streets.

The Capital Courtyards project by Wolff Enterprises of Arizona envisions over 300 units of apartments — and a partially-underground garage that would necessitate removal of the trees.

West Sacramento’s Lana Paulhamus and the West Sacramento Conservancy would like the city council to say ‘no.’  They’ve asked for the development plan to be re-drawn.

The trees are identified by the city as London plane trees, and by the Conservancy as a rare sycamore.

Interested people are invited to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 5th and G to walk to the site.

For the News-Ledger’s report on the first phase of the project — and the removal of a different row of trees — visit www.westsac.com/blog/2012/12/10/big-old-trees-stand-in-the-way-of-new-development-in-west-sac/

 

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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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