Domus Construction and Design Lays Off Workers
The Sacramento construction company Domus is permanently laying off about 60 workers. The Sacramento Business Journal's Sonya Sorich says that's even though construction is considered essential during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Construction companies are still being impacted by the coronavirus,” says Sorich. “The CEO of this construction company said building inspections are being delayed as city staff convert to telecommuting. And that can affect construction companies."
Construction companies are exempt from statewide orders for businesses to close or allow their employees to telecommute. That’s because Governor Gavin Newsom has designated it, along with some other businesses, as an essential service that builds critical infrastructure in the state.
Developments In Railyards And Midtown Still On Schedule
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Sorich says some big developments will break ground as planned.
"Two major local projects are still on track for summer starts, according to their developers,” says Sorich. “That includes the first residential project in Sacramento's Railyards development, and 17 Central, a retail and residential project in Midtown Sacramento."
17 Central will be at 17th and K streets - the former home of the Sacramento Ballet. Meanwhile, homebuilding has also continued in the Sacramento region. Although industry officials say potential supply chain issues could cause a shortage of construction materials in the upcoming weeks or months.
Workers At Punch Bowl Social Laid Off
Punch Bowl Social, the Denver-based restaurant chain, has laid off employees at its Sacramento site in Downtown Commons. The business, which combines food with bowling and other games, shut its doors in mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak. Sorich says 115 people were laid off.
"Punch Bowl still expects to eventually reopen its locations but if those plans changed, it would leave a pretty big vacancy in Downtown Commons, where Punch Bowl fills about 23,000 square feet," says Sorich.
However, there are questions about the chain's future funding. That's because Tennessee-based Cracker Barrel has announced it will stop investing in Punch Bowl Social.
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