Downtown Apartment Villas to be Replaced by Towers

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Residents of Capitol Towers Apartment Villas received a letter from the City of Sacramento last weekend, regarding an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Sacramento Commons residential community.

The new community will transform the current 10-acre Capitol Towers site on the northwest corner of 7th and P Streets. It will replace 206 garden or “villa” apartments with up to 1,522 new high and mid-rise residential and mixed used units.

“It’s not the end of the world,” Anthony Dimarco said. He had been living at the Capital Towers villas for the last few years. “But I have to think about what my next move is,” he continued.

Matt Covelli, who lives next door, said he plans to move out within the year. But still feels for longtime residents like Dimarco.

“I feel bad for people who really call this their home, this is where they are established, and are comfortable in this environment,” Covelli said.

But some see the transition as a welcome change. Michael Gelber just opened up Strings Urban Kitchen four weeks ago, on the bottom floor of the one building proposed to stay.

“We love Sacramento, so anything that is going to make Sacramento more robust and develop more jobs, activity, night life, residential, we are game for,” Gelber said. “For every Ying, there is a Yang.”

The City is now welcoming public comment about the project until May 12.

“People need to talk, and developers need to listen, and I think it will be a win-win for everybody,” Gelber said.

Development of the proposed project is anticipated to start October 2015, and will be done in phases, depending on market conditions.

Public comment will be accepted at:

Scott Johnson, Associate Planner
City of Sacramento Community Development Department
300 Richards Blvd., Third Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 808-5842

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