Sacramento neighborhood's long-delayed housing project launched
08/03/2013 12:00 AM
02/01/2014 1:03 PM
Construction began this week on the streets, utilities and other building blocks of the Curtis Park Village project east of Sacramento City College.
"It's about time," said developer Paul Petrovich, who has been working to build on the 72-acre former railyard for a decade, and says he spent $30 million cleaning toxic contamination from the days when Western Pacific Railroad built and repaired locomotives there.
"There's nothing stopping it now – nothing," Petrovich said. "The first 85 homes and the main spine roads and all the amenities are going in now, on a nonstop basis."
Petrovich had previously said construction would start a month ago, but said he spent more time than expected haggling with the city over the size of a drainage area in a planned 7-acre park. Petrovich said he's pursuing a solution in the low-lying property that would include a 14-foot-deep, 2-acre lake. In the event of a flood, water from the lake could be pumped into the Donner Trunk, a city water main that crosses the property.
"We're re-engineering as we speak," Petrovich said.
It's just the latest in a long line of changes made to Curtis Park Village as it slowly worked its way through the planning process. Earlier this year, Petrovich reworked the plan to reduce the amount of commercial space and increase the number of single-family homes from 193 to 268 – a nod to the current strength of the housing market.
The first homes erected in the project will be 12 "cottages" ranging in size from about 1,550 to 2,150 square feet. They're being built by local custom homebuilder Mike Paris, who owns BlackPine Communities.
Petrovich said he's still negotiating with potential grocery store tenants.
Call The Bee's Mary Lynne Vellinga, (916) 321–1094.
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