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Big R Street project pushes ahead

The Ice Blocks project would add 142 units of housing, plus office and commercial space to Sacramento’s R Street corridor.
The Ice Blocks project would add 142 units of housing, plus office and commercial space to Sacramento’s R Street corridor. Heller Pacific

A major development project along midtown’s R Street corridor continues to wind its way through City Hall.

The Ice Blocks, a proposed mix of housing, retail and office space on R Street between 16th and 18th streets, will get a review from the city’s Preservation Commission on Wednesday. City planners want the commission to comment on the proposal because it includes the planned reuse of some buildings that are on the state’s Register of Historical Resources.

The proposal is scheduled to be heard by the city’s Planning Commission on June 11. The development team has said it is aiming to begin construction this fall.

Ice Blocks would include 142 housing units, nearly 64,000 square feet of commercial space and more than 50,000 square feet of offices. The focal point of the project is the old Crystal Ice and Cold Storage building at the corner of 16th and R streets.

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