Cathie Anderson: Midtown property’s name pays tribute to developer Ravel

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 - 6:37 am

Developer Scott Rasmussen received hundreds of suggestions when it came to naming his latest project, two buildings in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, at 16th and O streets in midtown Sacramento.

He had a favorite, but he ran it by Dain Domich, George Separovich and other key partners in the project before choosing Legado de Ravel.

“It was everybody’s favorite, so we all said, ‘That’s a great name!’” Rasmussen said. “Obviously, it means Legacy of Ravel. … Dennis Treadaway, the owner of FPI property management, I would have to give him credit for that (name).”

It pays tribute to Rasmussen’s late business partner, Gary Ravel, who was stricken by brain cancer and died before the $26 million project could be completed. Rasmussen commissioned the giant, colorful mosaic featuring a lizard scaling the building as a tribute to Ravel, and now the name makes it clearer that the mixed-use structures are Ravel’s Legacy.

“Probably for the first time in my 25 years of development, we pulled off exactly our vision and probably better,” Rasmussen said. “That building is so authentic and close to old Spanish Colonial Mission style as you’re going to get – from the hand-painted tiles on the building to the hand-done wrought iron.”

Rasmussen, Domich and Separovich will celebrate the grand opening of Legado de Ravel on Oct. 16. Folsom-based FPI Management has begun leasing the 84 market-rate apartments in the buildings, but a move-in date has not yet been set.

The retail space on the first floors of the buildings is about 80 percent leased, Rasmussen said, but tenants probably won’t finish out their spaces until late winter or early spring. They will include a branch of The University of Beer, a Davis-based bar that emphasizes craft brewskis, and Phenix Salon Suites, a business that leases suites to hairstylists and others in the beauty industry.

Viva, Tom Clancy

The late novelist Tom Clancy, revered by soldiers and statesmen for his realistic plots and meticulous attention to detail, won the hearts and minds of the artists at Roseville’s Elevendy design group for the same reason.

“Some of his stuff just seemed like it was fantastic and beyond what was available,” said Wil Wells, a founding partner in the firm, “but everything he put in his books was legitimate technology that was right around the curve. He always had his finger on the pulse of it. He was a genius when it came to that. It’s a huge loss for everybody because he really did create these worlds that we could live in as artists and flesh out to a point where everybody was on the same page because his details were so thorough.”

The staff at Elevendy never met the novelist, but they worked closely with gamemaker Ubisoft, which produces the Tom Clancy video games. Elevendy created the cover and promotional materials for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, the newest title in that game series, released in August. They also will be working with Ubisoft on Tom Clancy’s The Division, a role-playing video game that will engage multiple players.

“He was always forward-thinking and accepting of new ideas,” Wells said. “Not only did he partner with a video game company and put out many successful franchises like Splinter Cell, like Ghost Recon, like EndWar, but then also he looked into the future at massive multiplayer games that have been gaining so much traction lately with the advent of this new console generation of systems – the Xbox One and the Playstation 4.”

Although the best-selling writer died Tuesday at age 66 in Baltimore, his imagination will live on in video games, in books and in films such as the upcoming “Jack Ryan: Shadow One.” His obituary appears on Page A1.

Rest of the story

Rich Burns went ahead and added athletic shoes to his inventory last week at Rocklin Endurance Sports, a store dedicated to swimmers, cyclists and runners. Burns opened his store in August at 2161 Sunset Blvd., but he had delayed investing in running shoes because he was concerned they wouldn’t pencil out. “Right now, we’re carrying Zoot, which is sort-of a triathlete-specific company, but they make some really nice mid- to high-mileage trainers, so we brought in a couple of those and one of their racing shoes for men and women. We decided it would be a good investment, and it’s actually been working really well.”

Increasingly, clients of Roseville’s Gallina accounting firm are doing business abroad, and the firm has had to research and retain the services of accounting and law firms in far-flung places. “The world is changing and getting smaller and without the ability to do things in other countries, you’re kind of limited,” said Larry Taylor, Gallina’s managing partner. “This way, we have some guaranteed people that are responsive.” That’s why Gallina joined an alliance known as TIAG (The International Accounting Group). With this membership, the firm gains access to accounting firms in foreign countries and to the TAGLaw alliance of independent law firms. Gallina employs roughly 230 people and reported $40 million in billings last year.

Call The Bee’s Cathie Anderson, (916) 321-1193. Follow her on Twitter @CathieA_SacBee.

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