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Kings Have Lots Of Ideas For Sleep Train Arena Site

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The development arm of the Sacramento Kings says there will likely be several different uses for the Sleep Train Arena site once the team moves to its new home downtown.

The Kings have ruled out a university or a hospital taking over the entire 200-acre site.

Team President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Granger says that's equivalent to 80 city blocks and is too big for any single anchor tenant.

"We're working with an outside consultant to help us understand how and where's the best place for commercial use, where's the best place for public parks, how might we reroute light rail through Natomas."

Granger says the Kings are talking with developers, the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council and the outside business partners of the Kings' owners.

"Given the breadth and diversity of our ownership group, given their connections in Silicon Valley and beyond, we're tapping in to them to see who might want to spend more time in Sacramento on a permanent basis."

Granger says he has already turned down more development proposals than he can count.

The organization will likely begin an environmental impact review process this winter and will begin to consider financing options available for development projects the team chooses.

"Just like we did with the arena, we want to understand everything from traffic patterns to how to address potential flood concerns in natomas. that's a large effort that gears us up for an EIR in a couple of months."

The Kings say it's too early to guess at a total cost to develop 200 acres. It cost $800 million to develop 14 acres downtown.

Granger says the Kings should have a much clearer vision for the future of Natomas by the spring. The Kings plan to move into the downtown arena in late summer.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob is the Sacramento Region Reporter. He has been at the forefront of the coverage of the Sacramento Kings' saga and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento. He also covers education, business, environment, and sports stories.   Read Full Bio