If you’ve been anywhere around downtown Sacramento lately, the Kings new arena is really taking shape.
But there’s still no word on the new life their soon-to-be old home might have.
Despite city councilwoman Angelique Ashby’s hopes to bring a hospital to Natomas, Kaiser Permanente opted for a spot in the downtown railyards.
She concedes that location is just two freeway exits away from Sleep Train arena and thus still a benefit to her district, but it’s not the same as being there.
When in comes to the old arena’s new future, she says they’re only one rule.
“This has to bring high-end jobs to the region and as long as the project does that – permanent high end jobs – then we want to have a conversation about it,” Ashby said. “That could be a hospital, could be a high tech park or somebody could blow my mind and come up with something else amazing. We don’t want to corner ourselves in and say we only want this.”
Ashby says expect to hear more about Sleep Train’s next incarnation from the Kings’ ownership team in the coming weeks.