City launches planning for redevelopment of housing projects in Land Park

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 1:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 1:24 pm

The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday night voted to push forward with plans to knock down two World War II-era housing projects in the Land Park neighborhood and replace them with a mixed-income housing development.

The council gave its OK to take advantage of $500,000 in federal grant housing funds to pay private developer Land Park LLC to create a development plan for the 68-acre parcel just south of Broadway near Miller Park that has served for decades as a low-income housing project.

A final development plan is scheduled to be determined later this year. Conceptually, however, the city, redevelopment officials and private developers plan to replace the 751 housing units in the Marina Vista and Alder Grove projects, formerly known as New Helvetia and Seavey Circle, with the same number of low-income units in a larger development that would include market-rate housing.

Land Park LLC is made up of three private entities –Related Cos. of California, Mercy Housing and Regis Homes Sacramento.

About 2,500 people live in Marina Vista and Alder Grove. In fall 2012, the City Council delayed action on the plan after tenants and community members complained that the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency had blindsided them. SHRA followed up with eight community meetings, according to a May 2013 staff report. Councilman Steve Hansen said Tuesday night the city and redevelopment officials will continue to consult with area residents during the upcoming planning process.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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