It’s a tree-lined, four-block square bordered by 5th and 7th streets and N and P Streets called Capitol Towers. A Beverly Hills developer wants to turn garden apartments into high-rises, making room for more than a thousand additional residential units, commercial space and maybe even a hotel.
Sacramento Planning Commissioner Alan LoFaso says the project will help revitalize downtown.
“You get more residential housing closer to workplaces, you reduce driving; you reduce air problems; you combat greenhouse gasses,” LoFaso says.
But critics say Capitol Towers ought to become a historic district – and the developer should retain as many of the existing apartments as possible.
“At a time when there are world-class cities that are adding parks to their urban fabric, our city may be taking one down – and that’s a shame,” says Gretchen Steinberg with Sacramento Modern, a non-profit preservation group.
The city council will vote Tuesday on both the Sacramento Commons development proposal and whether to make Capitol Towers a historic district.
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