City officials in Sacramento say the development of the biggest urban infill site in the country will continue even without a sports and entertainment complex to anchor it.
A deal to build an arena for the Sacramento Kings fell through last year, and Thursday’s announcement of a bid to build and arena where the Downtown Plaza Shopping Center is located means the rail yard site for an arena is dead.
But city planners say a regional transportation hub was always planned as a key component to bringing in housing, hotels, office and retail development to the rail yard. They point out that the rail yard arena site was never ideal because of a small footprint and access problems for cars and pedestrians.
The downtown site is just a block away and would still benefit rail yard development. It also has the advantage of being bordered by streets and light rail.