Tonight, the Sacramento City Council will consider whether to spend $2 million for planning and for the purchase of five properties at the junction of north 12th and 16th Streets.
Tyrone Roderick Williams is Director of Development for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA.) He says the purchase of the properties will clear the way for a new mass transit station.
"One of the unique aspects about Twin River is that it is a residential community that really is surrounded by industrial and light-industrial uses. And so, not only is it kind of isolated just by the roadways and access, it's isolated even by the uses."
SHRA says a light rail station is an important part of a larger plan to replace a 70-year-old public housing development.
Williams says the redevelopment of the area is still in the early stages.
"We are still working with the neighborhoods. We are working with businesses in looking at opportunities for moving the transformation plan forward."
Early plans call for 218 low-income units to be replaced by 800 mixed-income units.