SACRAMENTO -- The vacant lot in Land Park just behind a series of restaurants on 19th and Broadway in Sacramento may not look like much today. It’s basically a large, empty square space with a dumpster far off in one corner, and a few scattered garbage bags some feet away.
But as the old saying goes -- one man's trash is another man’s treasure…or in this case, his garden.
"They can be in their apartments growing food and herbs outside their apartments. There's going to be a common space for them to grow food,” said Andrew Skanchy, one of a few investors looking to turn the lot into a living complex exclusively for gourmet food lovers or "foodies.”
At the center of all the living units will be a common garden where future tenants can grow their own food.
Each unit is fit with a special kitchen area designed for cooking enthusiasts. It’s a new idea, but Skanchy says the spirit for it is already here in Sacramento, and has been for some time.
"Sacramento being the farm-to-fork capital, Sacramento just makes sense. Get an apartment community designed around the foodie person who wants to be growing their own food,” said Skanchy.
"Actually I think it's great. Having a garden, being able to sustain themselves,” said Rick Young, who lives next door to the lot, and to Pho Bac Hoa Viet, the Vietnamese restaurant adjacent to it.
Young's never heard of anything like it before, but he welcomes the idea.
"As you can tell by this lot, it's been empty for a long time, and it definitely needs something to occupy it,” said Young.
Pho Bac Hoa Viet employee Nick Don feels the same. He says he’d even consider living there.
This is all a work in progress. Skanchy says it will be a year before the developers even break ground. The idea is ground breaking, nonetheless.
Developers say they won’t be tearing down the restaurant that lies on the property, but will work with the owners to improve the appearance of the storefront.