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Business Journal: Additions To Downtown Commons; Teaching Hospital Plans Grow In Elk Grove; Ice Cream Shop Joins K Street Project

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

New Businesses Join Downtown Commons

The Sacramento Business Journal's Sonya Sorich says two new shops are moving into the "Downtown Commons" shopping center and entertainment district near the Golden 1 Center.

"The locally owned Identity Boutique, which sells clothing for men and women, plans to open a Downtown Commons store in mid-May,” Sorich said. “The location will also offer men's tailoring and suit fittings in addition to selling clothing."

Sorich says the Lash Lounge beauty franchise from Texas is also planning to set up shop downtown, in addition to two other Sacramento-area locations.

Plans For California Northstate University Teaching Hospital Grow

Plans recently filed with Elk Grove show that California Northstate University has increased the size of its proposed teaching hospital in the city.

Sorich says the plans describe a 12-story hospital that's 554,000 square feet. The original proposal had 10 stories and was 450,000 square feet.

According to the plans, the project's first phase will still include 250 hospital beds. But in the second phase, a new tower is proposed that would add 150 more patient beds for a total of 400.

The number of planned parking spots also increased, suggesting the university is anticipating an increase in students and workers at the center.

The proposed medical center has previously been called a $750 million project. Sorich says it’s unclear if the project has gotten more expensive.

“Representatives from California Northstate University didn't provide information about how the larger proposal would impact the project's cost,” she said.

The hospital is proposed for 11 acres near Interstate 5 and Elk Grove Boulevard, adjacent to California Northstate's campus on West Taron Boulevard.

The city of Elk Grove estimates at least a nine- to 12-month review period. The university is aiming to break ground in 2020.

The for-profit university also recently purchased a 9-acre stretch of vacant land across the street from its proposed Elk Grove medical center on Maritime Drive.

“There are apparently no definite plans for the land, which the university purchased ‘with an eye to the future,’ according to its general counsel,” Sorich said.

Ice Cream Shop Joins K Street Project Downtown

Locally owned ice cream shop Devil May Care Ice Cream & Frozen Treats is joining a mixed-use project on the 700 block of K Street called The Hardin.

The downtown location of the business, which makes its own ice cream, is more than two times the size of its existing West Sacramento store.

“That means you'll see an expanded menu, with more ice cream flavors and options such as sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and specialty soda floats,” Sorich said.

It could open in late spring. Other upcoming eateries in the project include KoJa Kitchen and Solomon's Delicatessen.

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