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Sacramento Kings Planning For A Plan For Natomas

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The plan for redeveloping Natomas after the Kings leave hasn't changed much since this picture was taken in 2013.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento Kings and City of Sacramento told the Sacramento City Council last night there is no plan yet to develop the Sleep Train arena site once the Kings leave next fall.

The Kings' Kunal Merchant says there will be many opportunities for economic development in Natomas, but nothing concrete has been identified.

"We still have a lot of work ahead of us . But, we're having a planning team that'll be in place as early as the next couple of weeks. They're going to do a market study. They're going to be doing site analysis. Everything is proceeding as it should because the real date that matters again is the fall of 2016 which is our first opportunity to put shovels in the ground."   

Councilmember Angelique Ashby criticized the Kings' failure to have a plan for the area, calling it "inexcusable" and asked that one be in place by mid-summer.

A previous study of the area by the City identified a hospital, business park and college as new potential tenants for the Sleep Train site.

The Kings move into the new downtown arena in October 2016.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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