Woodland Picked For California’s First Avid Hotel
A new hotel chain called Avid has picked Woodland as its first site in California. Avid hotels have slightly smaller rooms, and typically don't include amenities like pools or conference rooms. The Sacramento Business Journal's Sonya Sorich says they're designed for people who just need a place to stay when they're passing through the area.
"Golden State Properties is building the four-story, 79-room hotel at 1200 Churchill Downs Avenue,” says Sorich. “Representatives say the site has easy access to Interstate 5 and Sacramento International Airport. The company plans to start construction in the first quarter of 2020."
Avid's parent company is InterContinental Hotels Group, which also owns brands including Kimpton, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. The first Avid hotel opened a little more than a year ago, and nearly 200 franchise agreements for the brand have been signed in the United States.
Senior Housing Development Proposed In El Dorado Hills
El Dorado Hills Town Center is known for retail and restaurants, and it may soon be adding senior housing. Developer Oakmont Senior Living presented its plans for more than 900 senior apartments to El Dorado County supervisors this week. Sorich says the project would be on nearly 50 acres northwest of where Latrobe Road meets White Rock Road.
"The senior apartments in this possible project would include a variety of amenities, such as wellness counseling, a lecture hall and walking paths through community gardens,” says Sorich. “There would even be a shuttle service to take residents to the developed El Dorado Hills Town Center."
The proposed development would also include a hotel, conference center and commercial development with businesses such as medical offices, a hair salon, restaurant and gas station.
Kendra Scott May Open Ice Blocks Store
Ice Blocks — the retail and residential development at 16th and R streets in midtown Sacramento — may be adding another tenant. Jewelry designer Kendra Scott is looking at opening a site there. Sorich says the international company already sells its products in some Sacramento area stores.
"This would be the jewelry company's first stand-alone store in the Sacramento area,” says Sorich. “Right now, its closest sites are in Walnut Creek and San Jose. Ice Blocks representatives haven't confirmed the possible addition, but a spokeswoman for the jewelry company told me the possible new store could open in March."
The company holds in-store philanthropic events — a way to attract brick-and-mortar shoppers who might otherwise buy online. Community members can hold in-store shopping experiences for causes and organizations devoted to health and wellness, education and entrepreneurship with 20 percent of the proceeds going toward those causes.