Crews have broken ground for the first three-story homes in the new "Creamery District" of Sacramento.
Phil Rodriguez is with Lewis Group of Companies -one of the project's developers. He says Black Pine Communities will build 117 three-story houses on eight acres at the corner of 10th and D Streets.
"There's really a lack of housing in downtown. We felt like this was a great opportunity for a re-use project." It was the home of the former Crystal Creamery and Butter (Company) factory."
The factory was torn down and removed by the previous owner.
Construction crews are laying the first model homes' foundations. They should be completed by this Summer.
"Geared mostly to those looking for employment opportunities," says Rodriguez, "here locally, housing opportunities locally in the downtown area, or perhaps empty-nesters that are ready to move back into the city from suburbia."
Black Pine Communities says the total value of the project is about $19 million.
Thursday, the Sacramento City Council approved a special assessment district to collect taxes from future home owners to pay for infrastructure costs.
Bonds for the special assessment district are expected to be issued after the first homes have been sold.