A master plan development has been proposed for 885 acres on the eastern portion of the former Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento.
The Sacramento-based Lewis Group of Companies has created Mather South, LLC to develop the property.
“The Mather South project is a public-private partnership with Sacramento County, which owns the land,” said Phil Rodriquez, president of community development with the Lewis Group of Companies.
Rodriquez said the Mather South proposal includes 3,545 single-family and multifamily housing units, along with parks, retail and commercial space. It would also feature a 126-acre "sports village."
"Not so much as a regional park concept but something that would draw major sporting tournaments and events which would be adding to a multiplier effect for the county for generating revenue in the form sales tax dollars," said Rodriquez.
Rodriquez said the project sets aside 150 acres for a university and the company is working with the Sacramento County Economic Development Department to attract a major private college or university seeking to expand in northern California.
Preparing an Environmental Impact Report is the first step in project approval process. A public meeting is set for Tuesday so people can tell county officials what should be included in the report. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento County UC Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 4145 Branch Center Road.
Rodriguez said the Mather South project could come before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in mid-2015.