Future of the former Coca-Cola plant

The former Coca-Cola bottling plant across from UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento will be transformed into a mixed-use project of retail and office space.

Steve Guest, a principal at RMW Architecture & Interiors in Sacramento, said adaptive-reuse plans would be submitted Thursday to city planning.

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Under the proposal, the 1936-vintage historic building at 2200 Stockton Blvd. would be retained, but buildings added behind it in later decades would be torn down and replaced with a new, three-story building of office and parking.

“We had to determine what was relevant and worth saving,” said Guest, who’s working on behalf of the property’s new owner, Daniel Lee.

The existing two-story building, about 12,200 square feet, would become ground-floor retail space, most likely restaurants. Depending on the configuration, one to three restaurants could fit in what’s about 6,000 square feet, Guest said. “We think we can integrate it nicely into the historic architecture,” he said.

On the existing building’s second floor would be about 6,000 square feet of office space. A new building behind the existing site would have 36,000 square feet of office space on two floors, with ground-floor parking.

“The most obvious use is medical office space,” Guest said. “That neighborhood really needs office space associated with medical use, and it needs retail.”

Office space in both the new and existing buildings would be connected by a common lobby and elevator shaft, he said.

Guest said the building will require at least design review and site plan approval from the city. He said he envisions a five- to eight-month process to secure entitlements. That would mean work wouldn’t likely start until the second half of 2017 at the soonest.

Before then, Lee will also need to find buyers or uses for existing equipment remaining at the plant, which closed in 2013. Guest said some of it is still usable for other industrial processes, while other equipment may only be suitable for scrap.

“It takes awhile to figure out how to get rid of that stuff,” he said. Lee went through a similar process when he bought the former Hostess plant on Arden Way, Guest said.

Lee acquired the building within the last week from SRK Stock LLC, which assumed ownership after Coca-Cola stopped operations. The purchase price was unavailable for the property, which is 1.54 acres.

Article and image provided by: Sacramento Business Journal
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