Sacramento Paves the Way for Railyard Housing

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The Sacramento City Council is poised to approve the expenditure of $11 million in state housing money next month by a housing developer to build road extensions in the Sacramento railyard.

That will allow the construction of as many as 140 low-income and market rate housing units.

Work has been going on continuously, despite the fact that a sports and entertainment complex that was to be the home of the Sacramento Kings will no longer be built on the site.  $17 million in state housing money has already been allocated to another builder who plans to construct 1,100 housing units.

The key attraction for the railyard development will now be a regional transportation center, although it must rely on scarce federal dollars.  In any case, road construction and infrastructure work is continuing.  Any construction will likely be in increments as the economy improves and the population grows over the next 20 years.

The city actually owns just a tiny fraction of the property, although it will play a key role in funneling public funds into the development.

Inland American Real Estate Trust is the major landowner and it’s trying to find a master developer, as well as trying to sell smaller parcels to those who want to build projects in the railyard.

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