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Hotel tower at Sacramento arena site set for city approval Thursday

One of the largest buildings constructed in Sacramento in years will be the focus of a city planning commission hearing on Thursday.

Planning commissioners are scheduled to vote on whether to approve plans for a 16-story hotel and condo tower proposed by the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group. Commissioners are being asked to approve detailed plans that include a 250-room hotel, 69 condos, 39,000 square feet of office space, and 49,000 square feet of retail and underground parking.

The tower is planned for J Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets, along the northern border of the arena and retail complex under construction at Downtown Plaza. If the planning commission approves the site plans and designs for the hotel, the Kings have said they expect to break ground on the tower as soon as next month and have it completed by the time the arena opens in the fall of 2016.

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