This Week: Sacramento Planning Commission to hear proposal for Hyatt Place

Hotel Marshall in downtown Sacramento would be torn down and replaced with a Hyatt Place under a plan before the city Planning Commission.
Hotel Marshall in downtown Sacramento would be torn down and replaced with a Hyatt Place under a plan before the city Planning Commission. Sacramento Bee file

On Wednesday, the Sacramento city Planning Commission will review a proposal by the owners of the recently closed Hotel Marshall to tear down most of the 1911 structure and replace it with a 10-story Hyatt Place. The former Jade apartments next door also would be demolished.

The brick and terra cotta facades of the Marshall, facing Seventh and L streets, would be preserved as a historic skin on the new, modern building.

A city staff report says the proposal respectfully combines old and new architecture. The building’s reuse is part of an ongoing transformation of downtown triggered in part by the construction of a new Kings arena next door. The Marshall most recently housed a group of destitute residents that included many parolees.

Citing the historic significance of the Marshall, formerly called the Hotel Clayton, the Sacramento Old City Association urges that the building be left in place and rehabilitated. The hotel once housed the Clayton Club, a jazz venue where Louis Armstrong played. SOCA says it was designed by Charles W. Dickey, whose portfolio includes Oakland’s Claremont Hotel.

Mary Lynne Vellinga

Forum part of Sacramento fashion events this week

A Fashion Forum will feature industry-related professionals, who will speak to students and community member about different career fields within fashion. The event, part of Sacramento Fashion Week 2015, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Art Institute of California, 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 100, in the South Natomas area of Sacramento.

Info: http://sacfashionweek.com

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Second Line Celebration

The Torch Club’s traditional Second Line Celebration will travel to the streest of midtown Sacramento on Fat Tuesday. The Element Brass Band will be featured. The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. at Mulvaney’s, 1215 19th St., then travels to The Porch, 1815 K St., Easy On I, 1725 I St. and end at the Torch Club, 904 15th St., at 8 p.m., where the Earls of Newtown will perform.

Info: www.torchclub.net

Digital freeway signs up for discussion in Rancho

The Rancho Cordova City Council on Tuesday will resume its discussion of digital freeway signs, reopening a hearing on requests by two firms to install digital billboards in 12100 block of Folsom Boulevard, along Highway 50 near the Naturewood Home Furnishings store.

Because of the proximity of the two proposed sites to one another, the council can grant only one of the requests. In December, council members selected a Sierra Outdoor/CBS Outdoor proposal over one submitted by Clear Channel Outdoor. But in considering a conditional use permit and operating agreement for the sign at their Jan. 20 meeting, council members decided they wanted to hear additional testimony before taking action.

Before the January meeting, the city received a petition from several homeowners associations and the Save the American River Association, arguing that the report on the environmental effects of the sign project was inadequate. The groups asked the city to conduct more research into various aspects of digital freeway signs before acting on either sign company’s request.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova.

Info: www.cityofranchocordova.org

Ice Skating night Thursday for hearing impaired

Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, as well as children of deaf adults, can take part in the NorCal Community Ice Skating Night on Thursday at Iceland Ice Skating Rink, 1430 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Info: www.norcalcenter.org

Employer Forum, Hiring Event in Shingle Springs

A free Employer Forum and Hiring Event sponsored by El Dorado County Connections-One Stop, will be held Thursday in Shingle Springs. Representatives from Ponte Palmero, an assisted-living community in Cameron Park, will present information about the organization, what they look for in employees and how to apply for job openings. Participants are advised to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employer Forums are open to the public and offered as a community service. Connections-One Stop is a program of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency and a member of America’s Job Center of California, a network of employment service agencies nationwide.

The event is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building, 3883 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs.

Info: (530) 642-4850 or www.edcgov.us/humanservices

Verge to host notable short French films

A selection of short films nominated for a César (French Academy Award) will be shown Saturday at the eighth annual Winter French Short Films Screening. Films in the animation and live action categories will be shown at the Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento. At the end of the program, audiences will be invited to vote for the “Sacramento Cesar Awards.” The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 7 p.m.

Info: www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org