It's called The Warren, and a sign at the corner of N and 16th streets has long proclaimed its imminent arrival. In the past few years, plans for the housing complex have shifted from condos to rental apartments, 20 percent of which would be reserved for low-income tenants.
On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council, acting as the city's Housing Authority, will vote on whether to issue up to $30 million in bonds to build The Warren. The bonds would be repaid by the developer, a joint venture of Sacramento's Nehemiah Corp. and Urban-Core Integral, a combination of developers from San Francisco and Atlanta.
The project at 1525 N St. is slated to include ground-floor retail, two levels of parking and five floors of housing with a total of 118 units, most of them rented at market rates.
According to a staff report issued for the council meeting, land for the project is being donated by the Capitol Area Development Authority, a joint city-state agency that redevelops state-owned land.
The area where The Warren would be built is undergoing a major transformation with new CADA-backed apartment buildings.
- Mary Lynne Vellinga
United Way stages Day of Caring
The Sacramento area's United Way celebrates its 90th anniversary Friday in conjunction with a nationwide Day of Caring, a call for people to spend the day working on volunteer projects throughout the region. It starts with an 8 a.m. breakfast and rally at Cal Expo, with the volunteer work beginning at 10 a.m.
Behind the news: The United Way is seeking more than 350 volunteers for 26 projects across five counties: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo. Its goal is to complete 90 volunteer projects with its nonprofit partners in 2013.
Rail museum debuts photography exhibit
The California State Railroad Museum debuts a new exhibit Saturday - "Double Exposure" - that looks at how photography, a new medium in the 19th century, was used to chronicle and showcase the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The museum in Old Sacramento is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youths 6-17, free for children under 5.
Behind the news: Taking photographs and sharing images was a complex, lengthy and limited process in the 1800s. Guests will be able to view the works of the era's best-known photographers using stereoscopes and stereoticons.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Raise money, a pint for history center
The Center for Sacramento History is hosting its second annual Untapped Sacramento History fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., off Richards Boulevard in Sacramento. For $25, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at Sacramento's beer brewing heritage, along with 2 pints of beer.
Additional pints may be purchased for $5, which includes a complimentary commemorative glass.
Junior League offers Wine & Dine event
Raley Field in West Sacramento is the site of the Junior League of Sacramento's Wine & Dine fundraiser. Attendees will sample offerings from wineries and restaurants in the region. The event, open to those age 21 or older, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
Talk focuses on Chinese in the Delta
Local author Lawrence Tom will discuss the accomplishments of the Chinese in the Sacramento River Delta and show photos from his book, "Sacramento's Chinatown," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 S. Land Park Drive in Sacramento.
Fall-prevention effort offers balance tests
Free balance assessments for people 65 or older are being conducted today from 9 a.m. to noon at Parkside Community Church, 5700 S. Land Park Drive in Sacramento. The 10-item assessments are part of a fall-prevention awareness campaign launched by local author Kelly Ward, known as the "The Fall Prevention Lady."
Co-op plans class on Mexican street food
The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is offering a cooking class on Mexican street food from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at its Learning Center, 1914 Alhambra Blvd., in Sacramento. Instructor Dionisio Esperas will demonstrate how to prepare such items as tacos al pastor, carne asada tortas and corn on the cob with queso fresco. The course is $45; co-op owners, $35.
Festival celebrates Polish culture
The 24th annual Polish Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Polish-American Club of Greater Sacramento, 327 Main St., in Roseville. The free fair offers polka dancing, a Polish market place and, of course, homemade Polish foods.