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Business Journal: Waffle Experience Legal Battle; New Mid-Rise Midtown Apartments; Parkwest Casino Lotus Retail Plaza Purchase

Courtesy of D & S Development

An artist rendering of 17 Central - an 8 1/2 story apartment complex planned for 1631 K Street in midtown Sacramento.

Courtesy of D & S Development

New Mid-Rise Apartments Planned For Midtown

An abandoned building that used to be home to the Sacramento Ballet will soon become Midtown's latest mid-rise apartment project. The Sacramento Business Journal's Scott Rodd says the site is at 17th and K streets.

"Demolition on the existing building at the site could start as early as summer, potentially paving the way for construction by the end of 2019,” says Rodd.

The new eight-and-a-half-story apartment complex — 17 Central — will have 111 apartments with 1,600 square-feet of ground-floor retail space. The units will range from 370 to 1,250 square-feet. The current building has been empty since 2016, when the Sacramento Ballet left for the Clara arts complex in Midtown.

The Waffle Experience Co-Owners In Legal Fight

The co-owners of The Waffle Experience — a restaurant with three Sacramento area sites — are in a legal fight over efforts to set up a franchise. Jeffery and Lydia Belaski have filed suit against Michael Donoho alleging Donoho and three other people conspired to push the Belaskis out of the business. Rodd says Belaski and Donoho have known each other for a long time.

"The co-founders forged a strong friendship after meeting in the Marines and serving together in Operation Desert Storm,” says Rodd. “But now, that partnership appears to be coming apart. The Belaskis are seeking a judicial determination that clarifies their ownership in the company, and an undisclosed amount in damages."

Donoho has not publicly commented on the legal matter. The Waffle Experience is in Folsom and Natomas and there's a franchise location in Elk Grove.

Parkwest Casino Lotus Buys Neighboring Site

The owners of a casino in South Sacramento have bought a neighboring retail center on Stockton Boulevard near Lemon Hill Avenue for about $3.7 million, but it's still unclear what they plan to do with it. Rodd says a spokesperson for Parkwest Casino Lotus claims the purchase was actually made by a relative of the casino’s owners, and the plans for the retail center have no connection to the casino.

"However, a representative from the brokerage firm in the deal, Ethan Conrad Properties Inc, suggested the new owners were exploring the possibility of a banquet hall-type concept in the building closest to the casino," says Rodd.

Three years ago, Parkwest Casino Lotus nearly tripled in size with a $5 million expansion. The casino is at the maximum number of gaming tables allowed by the city of Sacramento.

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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