The West Sacramento City Council voted unanimously this week to approve the transfer of a riverfront property to allow the state to build a $100 million California Indian Heritage Center.
About a decade in the making, the planned heritage center received a massive boost this May, when Gov. Jerry Brown’s final budget set aside the nine-figure surprise — even city leaders and Native Americans advocating for the project since 2008 did not know about the windfall until the budget was released.
The 43-acre property currently known as the East Riverfront Property had been owned by the city’s Redevelopment Agency since 1997. Former projects considered on the property included a private high school and the Governor’s residence, according to an agenda report accompanying the council’s Wednesday vote.
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The state, through the Department of Parks and Recreation and Public Works Board, have also agreed to fund and build a bike path and pedestrian walkways on the riverfront.
The project is on the agenda of a Dec. 14 Public Works meeting for the next phase of state approval.
The California Indian Heritage Center Task Force in May 2007 called the riverfront property a “preferred location” for a state park dedicated to Native American history.