As earthmovers began grading dirt for the first wave of homes, developers held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a large urban infill project called Northwest Land Park, minutes from downtown Sacramento.
Starting near Fifth Street and McClatchy Way, they plan to build more than 800 smaller energy-efficient homes with modern designs aimed at young professionals and downsizing baby boomers.
Councilman Steve Hansen, speaking at the gathering, called the project a major step toward Sacramento becoming “a vibrant, urban and modern city,” with more downtown housing close to jobs and restaurants.
“It’s more fun to walk than to drive,” Hansen said.
The project has been in the works since early 2010 in an industrial area along Interstate 5 that connects to a corner of the upscale Land Park neighborhood. The Setzer Forest Products plant will eventually have to make way for houses. But the first phase is being built on vacant land where storage buildings were recently demolished.
It will eventually feature an urban farm, a public market and a tunnel connecting to nearby Miller Park.
Unlike other housing developments, which started during the housing boom and went dormant in the downturn, Northwest Land Park was conceived in the crash and is being built as prices rebound and buyers return to the market.
“We started in the middle of the downturn and saw it as an opportunity to plan this right,” said developer Kevin Smith.
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