We have a big story Sunday on an historic Sacramento neighborhood - Curtis Park - caught in the crosshairs of a huge infill development that plans to add about 500 homes and 256,000 square feet of commercial space in a long abandoned Western Pacific railyard next door. (The railyard is the long high blank space just to the right of Sacramento City College).
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Sacramento developer Paul Petrovich plans Curtis Park Village, a 72-acre makeover that's a junior version of what Georgia-based Thomas Enterprises is trying to do with a massive 240-acre Union Pacific railyards in downtown Sacramento. That huge railyard is the birthplace of the transcontinental railroad.
Few in Curtis Park want to see their neighboring railyard remain undeveloped. The question is how it's done. The Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association thinks the designs are too suburban in character and will bring too much traffic into the neighborhood. The developer calls it Curtis Park and Land Park built to modern standards. There's a ton of documentation about it all in the draft environmental impact report paving the way for approval hearings to begin in several weeks at Sacramento City Hall.
It was a really interesting story to research and write, and it was also inspiring to read neighborhood resident Dan Murphy's "History of Sacramento's Curtis Park." It was a great account with lots of pictures about a neighborhood where development spanned a time of horse and buggy, trolley line and the automobile (1890-1930). The great residential character shows in this Home Front video: