Roll out the cars. Roll in the masking tape.
In yet another sign of Downtown Plaza's changing landscape, Tapigami, the local masking-tape art group, is moving into a 7,300-square-foot space that until recently was a gleaming Hyundai dealership.
Tapigami, founded by Sacramento tape artist Danny Scheible, hopes to open May 11 with a gallery, retail store and exhibition space.
"We're the lucky beneficiaries of some really awesome space," said Tapigami business manager Tre Borden, who said the deal came together quickly, in less than a month. "It's an innovative approach to urban renewal." Having the gallery in the mall location is "a great template for incorporating art into urban revitalization and renewal. It was the perfect time to make this proposal ... and to receive such favorable terms," he said.
Borden said they'll be paying a nominal monthly amount, plus utilities. The former car dealership site sits on one of the mall's busiest traffic sections, on the north side between the mall's two Macy's stores.
A Downtown Plaza official declined to discuss the lease terms in specifics.
"We have a short-term agreement with them for one year," said Downtown Plaza general manager Raelene Trumm. She said the Hyundai dealership moved out January 31.
The mall was purchased for $22 million in August 2012 by JMA Ventures Inc. of San Francisco. The mall faces an uncertain future. JMA is working with the group trying to buy the Sacramento Kings and build an arena at Downtown Plaza.