Developers and local officials today celebrated the groundbreaking for the first phase of what they say will be a 65-acre urban-infill community near downtown in the old Richards Boulevard cannery district.
The project, called Township Nine, eventually will encompass 2,350 apartments, townhouses and other housing units, mixed with office and retail, all of it adjacent to a new light rail station. The project sits near the newly built headquarters for the California Highway Patrol and the California Lottery. City officials say they want to see the American River side site become a successful satellite community near downtown. The project is a partnership of several development teams, including the Township Nine group, affiliated with the Nehemiah Corporation.
The first phase, called the Cannery Place Apartments, is a 180-unit, $40 million project with affordable housing, which is expected to be finished in 2014. Future development plans include more housing, offices, retail, a riverside park and an amphitheater. The site is served by a newly constructed light rail station, connecting the Richards Boulevard area to downtown.