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Sacramento’s Howe ’Bout Arden center eyes big makeover

Workers sort through debris at the former Motel 6 Friday - site of the recent fatal shooting of a Sacramento county deputy - which is being leveled to make way for a new shopping complex.
Workers sort through debris at the former Motel 6 Friday - site of the recent fatal shooting of a Sacramento county deputy - which is being leveled to make way for a new shopping complex.

The owner of Sacramento’s Howe ’Bout Arden shopping center is planning a massive redevelopment of the site, including a new movie theater complex and expanded retail.

The plans, posted on the website of the owner’s leasing agent, call for tearing down CineMark USA Inc.’s Century Stadium 14 movieplex on Ethan Way and replacing it with a new 14-screen theater. The demolition of the existing theater has been rumored for some time in Sacramento real estate circles.

Howe ’Bout Arden’s owner, Syufy Enterprises of San Rafael and its SyWest Development subsidiary, last week tore down the adjacent Motel 6 and submitted plans to Sacramento County for a 24,000-square-foot retail building on the site.

The new plans, however, show that Syufy has far more ambitious plans for the area.

Howe ’Bout Arden is considered a reasonably successful shopping center but is severely constrained by its relatively small footprint. All told, the center would roughly double in size, to a total of 330,000 square feet on 30 acres of land, according to plans posted on the website of Sacramento commercial real estate firm The Edwards Co.

Officials with Syufy and Edwards weren’t immediately available for comment.

Syufy so far has submitted plans to the county only for the single retail building on the Motel 6 site, said county spokeswoman Karen Doron.

The recent demolition of the Motel 6 removed one of the most notorious pieces of real estate in recent Sacramento history. The motel’s parking lot was where Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver was shot to death on Oct. 24, at the beginning of a daylong crime spree that included the subsequent shooting death of Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. in Auburn. Authorities later arrested Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, who appeared in Sacramento Superior Court on Wednesday.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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