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Business Journal: Broadway, Whole Foods, Parking

Vrilakas Groen Architects

An artist rendering of the 1818 X Street Project - a proposed development of 41 apartments near Sacramento's Broadway Corridor.

Vrilakas Groen Architects

Developers this week announced they're planning two residential projects along Sacramento's Broadway Corridor. Homebuilder Indie Capital says it bought a vacant parcel on the northwest corner of Broadway and Ninth Street. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says details are still being worked out...but it's possible there will be a combination of single-family and multifamily homes at the site.

"Also there's a separate proposal to build 41 apartments near the Broadway Corridor, in what's called the 1818 X Street Project," says Sorich.

She says now that the transformation of downtown's R Street Corridor is in full swing, there's growing interest in redeveloping vacant lots and underused buildings along the Broadway Corridor.

"We saw that area take a major step forward with the opening of Selland's Market Cafe, then the Bike Dog Brewing taproom," says Sorich. "And it will be interesting to see what happens there in the future."

That six-story building under construction in midtown Sacramento where a Whole Foods store was originally expected to go is nearly finished. It's at 21st and Capitol. The mixed-use project contains first-floor real estate and five stories of parking. Sorich says Whole Foods pulled out last year.

"But the project move forward anyway," says Sorich. "And now that this structure is almost done, work will begin on the mixed-use project where Whole Foods was supposed to be. And that development will replace a separate parking structure nearby."

An announcement is expected soon on who will fill the space originally planned for Whole Foods. There's also about 11,000 square feet of retail space in the new parking garage and developers hope a single tenant will fill that space.

A glitch in Sacramento's push to modernize its parking system has led to people getting parking tickets when they shouldn't have. The issue centers around an app called Parkmobile which lets people pay for more parking time. City officials say there was a 16-day cellular disruption that led to wrongly issued tickets in October. But Sorich says public records show the scope of the problem extends far beyond those 16 days.

"Several people that we interviewed reported receiving erroneous tickets as far back as springtime," says Sorich. "And public records show a steady increase in the proportion of expired-meter parking citations that were challenged or overturned since 2015, which is when the city implemented that parking app."

City officials say, other than the October glitch, the Parkmobile system as worked well.

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Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

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