As construction for the Kings’ new arena continues to change the landscape of downtown, one of Downtown Plaza’s long-time businesses is being forced to leave the mall today.
The year was 1993, and the plaza was getting a serious makeover with a second story addition. There was something else keeping watch over the renovation—the Clock Tower.
When the Downtown Plaza arena opens in 2016, you may have a whole new way to get to it as the Sacramento City Council examines new ways to connect the arena with the rest of downtown.
Behind the construction fences, past the caution tape and into the trenches, work crews are on the attack – hustling around the clock to tear down 80,000 tons of concrete and move 4,000 tons of steel, electrical, and 14,000 tons of debris.
Crews have been working inside the Downtown Plaza the past few weeks, prepping it for demolition.
A CBS13 photographer noticed walkers ignoring detour signs and using the bike lane instead. If a cyclist were to meet a pedestrian on the three-foot-wide path, someone is being forced into traffic.
Mayor Kevin Johnson and representatives from the USL Pro’s Sacramento Republic FC met with MLS officials in Portland during the league’s all-star weekend events.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber will tour Sacramento soon to see possible stadium sites. The Republic have discussed three possibilities: The Sacramento railyards, the West Sacramento bridge district and the Downtown Plaza.
The city is promising the impact to the traveling public will be minimal during the demolition of Downtown Plaza to make room for a new Sacramento Kings arena. But drivers and pedestrians that CBS13 spoke to say they’re still worried.
Demolition of the current Downtown Plaza has been on hold until the judgment, but that is likely to begin next week. The team’s plan called for the process to begin by the end of this month, and a spokesman said they will give 24-48 hours notice before it starts.
It’s the calm before the storm for Downtown Sacramento business owners like Cervantes that are in the bullseye of a planned Sacramento Kings arena.
Construction on the arena is supposed to create thousands of jobs, with more than half of those new jobs expected to go to people living in Sacramento.