River District redevelopment would create 400 housing units

Redevelopment of a public housing project in Sacramento’s River District would result in nearly double the number of units there now.

Twin Rivers, at 1209 Sitka St., would end up with about 400 housing units, up from 218 on the site now. An application with the city covers two of nine lots within the development, resulting in 165 units. Plans for redeveloping the remaining lots would be in subsequent applications, the narrative states.

A rendering of the planned public housing at the Twin Rivers redevelopment project.

The first two lots total just under five acres, on the southeast corner of Richards Boulevard and Dos Rios Street. Existing housing units, most of them built in the 1940s with a few from the ‘70s, would be torn down there and elsewhere in Twin Rivers and replaced with new units. Those units would be both apartment flats and townhome-style units, and three lots within Twin Rivers would have multi-story apartment buildings with resident services on the ground floor.

The application doesn’t state the size of the new units proposed, or the numeric breakdown of each type of unit. McCormack Baron Salazar Inc., a developer working with Sacramento County Housing Authority on the redevelopment, is listed as the applicant. A representative of that firm in its San Francisco office did not immediately return a call for more information Tuesday.

New plans for Twin Rivers have been in the works for several years and got a boost in 2015 with the announcement of $30 million in federal grants to move the project forward.

At the time, city officials said the redevelopment would result in 218 replacement public housing units and 625 new units of market-rate and workforce housing. It was not clear why the buildout number of 400 is now hundreds fewer than those figures.

But city officials see a bright future for the River District, a largely industrial area expected to see an influx of new housing and other developments and redevelopments over the next few decades.

Sacramento is hosting an open house Wednesday evening at the Smythe Academy at 700 Dos Rios St. to get feedback on upcoming development projects in the district. Those include a “complete street” makeover of 12th Street, a new light-rail station near Dos Rios Way and streetscape improvements on 16th Street, as well as Twin Rivers’ redevelopment.

Article and image provided by: Sacramento Business Journal

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