Three significant development projects planned for Sacramento’s central city will be highlighted in public hearings this week.
On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to approve the final financing plan for the development of the 700 block of K Street in downtown. The public’s contribution to the $51 million project would stand at roughly $13 million, including construction loans and affordable housing subsidies.
Development firms D&S and CFY have proposed to construct 137 housing units, shops and restaurants on the blighted street. The companies could begin construction as early as January and are aiming to finish by the time the nearby downtown sports arena is completed in 2016.
The city’s Planning Commission on Thursday is scheduled to review and comment on two other major projects.
The first is a 16-story office, hotel and condo tower proposed by the Sacramento Kings. The tower would stand on J Street, adjacent to the arena, and would include 250 hotel rooms and 69 units of housing.
Also on the Planning Commission agenda is a review of the planned Whole Foods in midtown. That project would stand on L Street, between 20th and 21st streets, and would include 141 apartments above the store. The developer has also proposed a five-story parking garage – with retail on the ground floor – at 21st and Capitol Avenue.
IN THE NEWS
HOMELESS SHELTER ADVOCATES WILL MAKE THEIR PITCH
Advocates of a proposal to turn the vacant minimum-security barracks at Dewitt Center in Auburn into a temporary homeless shelter will make their case Tuesday before the Placer County Board of Supervisors. The groups Right Hand Auburn and Auburn Area Homeless Forum sent a plan to the board in October for a program that would be run by Volunteers of America, which operates homeless shelters in Sacramento and Reno. The only cost to the county would be the donation of the building, according to a news release from Auburn Area Homeless Forum. Shelter advocates plan to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Placer County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn.
GAY MEN’S CHORUS TO SALUTE TV SPECIALS
The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating its 30th anniversary year with a Holiday Spirit concert, highlighting a playful take on the animated holiday TV specials of the 1960s and ’70s. The event is scheduled at 8 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St., Sacramento.
Info: www.sacgaymenschorus.org or (877) 283-1567
FOUND VHS VIDEOS TO BE SHOWN WITH COMMENTARY
Are you a video aficionado? The Found Footage Festival may be to your liking. Head to the Witch Room, 1815 19th St., Sacramento, at 7 p.m. Tuesday as curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher show audiences and provide live commentary about their latest VHS finds. The festival showcases videos found at garage sales, thrift stores, in warehouses and large garbage bins throughout North America.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM TO BE CONSIDERED
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving operation of a homeless transitional housing program on county-owned property at 6940 Perks Court, Placerville. The program would be operated by Only Kindness Inc. in partnership with Hangtown Haven Inc. The proposed lease is for an initial term of 90 days and authorizes the county’s facilities manager to extend it on a month-to-month basis for up to 12 months.
Info: Board agenda at www.edcgov.us/BOS
WATCH ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ WEARING UGLY SWEATERS
Enjoy a holiday classic – while wearing your ugly sweater. Attendees of the performance of “The Nutcracker” on Friday are encouraged to wear their ugly holiday sweaters. The fashion statements can be seen from 7 to 9 p.m. at Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento.
BUY, SELL POP CULTURE ITEMS AT POLITICAL BUTTON SHOW
Political memorabilia, advertising, pop culture items can be bought, sold and appraised the the Political Button Show. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento.
Info: (916) 956-2030 or www.apic.us