Big Transformation Underway Downtown Around Golden 1 Center

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO -- Change is in the air in the heart of downtown Sacramento.

On 7th and K streets, steps away from one of the main entrances to the brand new Golden 1 Center, there are empty old buildings covered with chipped paint and surrounded by scaffolding.

After sitting vacant for a decade, it's time for something new on this blighted block.

"I see a whole new energy down on this block," said Valerie Mamone, senior business development manager with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Mamone says the redevelopment project on the 700 block of K street has been in the works for five years.

"It's a $55 million-plus project, 137 residential units and about 66,000 square feet of ground floor retail," Mamone said.

Since the arena opened last month, Mamone says twice as many people have been walking this street.

"On average, in the past, we would see maybe 1,500 to 2,000 people a day, and we're seeing closer to 5,000 people people a day walking right past this block," said Mamone.

Pedestrians see the progress.

"It's bringing more people back downtown," said Augie Munoz.

"It's just good for the community, good for the area, and I just think it's a great thing that they're doing here downtown," said Omar Turner.

It seems 7th and K is turning back to become more like what it was a century ago; a commercial hub in downtown.

Mamone says this area will be a place for people to explore new restaurants and nightlife.

Some of the roughly 15 businesses coming in will be familiar; like Kru Sushi and Insight Coffee.

One new business will be a Jewish Deli, with a nod to Sacramento's past.

"The naming of the deli is in honor of the Tower Records founder, Russ Solomon, so it will be called Solomon Deli," said Mamone.

The 700 block of K streets; the intersection of downtown Sacramento's past and future.

And progress continues every day.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2017.