By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In the short time since construction on the Golden One Center started, Downtown Sacramento property values are up by $180 million, according to the Sacramento County assessor’s office.

That $180 million increase brought property values downtown to $1.24 billion in 2016. That’s an increase of 16 percent since pre-arena construction

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The extra $180 million creates $1.8 million in property taxes. The city of Sacramento gets $450,000 from that this year.

“Yes, this is the home of the Kings, but it’s the home of so much more,” said Desmond Parrington, the entertainment and sports center project manager.

“I’m the detail guy,” said Parrington.

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In his office, he’s immersed by Golden 1 Center charts and maps detailing downtown development plans.

“What we’re seeing right now is really encouraging with the investment that developers and property owners are making in the buildings right around the arena,” he said.

Since arena construction began, dozens of high-profile properties in the central city have been purchased and several have upgrades now underway.

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The arena is here, and now comes the spotlight on the public investment payoff.