City Council Unanimously Passes Sacramento Railyards Plans

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento city council voted unanimously to pass the long-awaited Sacramento railyards development plans.

It is a mega project. The historic Sacramento railyards – first built for a bustling 19th-century railroad, that then sat dormant with toxic cleanups and foreclosures, turning into 21st-century eyesore – is now back on track.

The massive dirt lot will be turned into up to 10,000 homes. Its old central shops will be turned into retail stores.

An eleventh-hour negotiation with the Sacramento City Unified School District led developers to agree to set aside land and spend millions to build a new school.
Construction will be triggered by the 250th school-aged child that moves into the development.

Noise and parking surrounding a proposed MLS stadium were two issues council focused on, allowing 37 events a year at the proposed stadium site and allowing for a review to clawback the number of parking lots that will initially sit on the railyards footprint.


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  1. Great take a toxic area and put homes on it.

  2. That place is so toxic, the developers and the state DTSC gave up on a 100% cleanup. There was just too much; the deeper they dug, the more they found. They shipped the worst of it to a Utah landfill, then left about half behind, buried under a thin, engineered cap.

  3. This was far more than a railyard. For over 120 years it was a giant repair, rebuild, oil change center for locomotives and train cars. And for most of that time, the workers dumped their industrial waste STRAIGHT INTO THE GROUND. It was normal procedure. There were entire engines dumped into pits, along with every chemical you can think of. About the only thing that wasn’t dumped there, was nuclear waste.

    If you buy or rent a home there, you’re moving into a cancer hotspot, and a ground zero for birth defects and asthma. Now you know why they’re putting a Kaiser hospital there…to care for all of the victims of the railyards scam.

  4. Putting a hospital on low-lying ground at the intersection of two major rivers, with a strong history of flooding? Bad idea.
    Plus, this new facility is replacing the Morse Ave. Kaiser. That forces all the Kaiser customers in Arden-Fair Oaks, to either drive into the downtown traffic/parking mess, or look for a new health care provider.

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