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.