The Sacramento Motel 6 where a sheriff’s deputy was killed in October has been reduced to a pile of rubble to make way for a retail development.
Syufy Enterprises of San Rafael has followed through on plans to tear down the infamous motel, which sat on land it owns near Arden and Ethan ways. Work crews were sorting through debris Friday.
The former motel site is adjacent to the Howe ’Bout Arden shopping center, which Syufy purchased two years ago for a reported $40 million.
Syufy officials didn’t return calls seeking comment, but Sacramento County spokeswoman Karen Doron said the company has submitted plans to build a 24,000-square-foot retail building.
She said the county hasn’t been notified yet about a potential tenant for the site. She added that the new building would occupy just a portion of the 4.6-acre former motel property, and that Syufy hasn’t indicated its plans for the rest of the land.
Real estate experts have said Howe ’Bout Arden is a fairly successful center but needs more room to grow. The motel site provides that space. Property records show that Syufy also owns the land beneath the nearby Century Stadium 14 theater complex on Ethan Way.
The parking lot of the old Motel 6 was the launching place of one of Sacramento’s worst crime sprees in recent history. Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver was shot to death the morning of Oct. 24, kicking off a daylong ordeal in which Placer County sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. also was shot to death in Auburn. Authorities captured Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, later that day. Both have been charged in the case.
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