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Sacramento’s newest hotel has a famous Gold Rush-era name

A rendering of the 16-story hotel, condo and office tower the Sacramento Kings are building next to the new downtown arena.
A rendering of the 16-story hotel, condo and office tower the Sacramento Kings are building next to the new downtown arena. Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings and partners announced Wednesday that they are naming their new downtown hotel The Sawyer – an homage to a post-Gold Rush court ruling that is considered one of the first environmental judgments in the country.

Judge Lorenzo Sawyer, a state Supreme Court justice who migrated to California from Ohio, issued what is known as the Sawyer Decision in 1884, putting an end to hydraulic mining in the Gold Country. Hydraulic mining created dredging residue that damaged riparian wildlife and farmland.

The 250-room hotel, under construction at Fifth and J streets across a plaza from the Golden 1 Center arena, is partially built and expected to open in the spring. It will be operated as an upscale boutique-style facility by Kimpton Hotels, a national chain. The 16-story hotel tower will be mixed-use, including condominiums, businesses and restaurant and retail on the plaza.

“This is the perfect opportunity to highlight our design-forward approach and commitment to creating a sustainable stay for our guests,” Kimpton CEO Mike DeFrino said in a press statement Wednesday.

Kings President Chris Granger said The Sawyer highlights the state’s and the region’s leadership on “environmental protection, conservation and sustainability.”

The Kings and Downtown Commons’ co-developers, JMA Ventures, said that more than 98 percent of the materials in the demolition process for the hotel tower and the arena were recycled.

The arena is scheduled to open on Oct. 4 with a Paul McCartney concert.

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Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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