Private sector delivers seven new arena proposals

Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “Sacramento First” task force announced Tuesday it received seven new proposals from the private sector for a new sports and entertainment center.

Prospective developers were required to turn in their proposals to the 12-member task force by Dec. 24. Johnson announced Nov. 10 that the task force would consider proposals. Members of the task force are not paid.

The proposed locations for the sports complex from the private sector include the Railyards, Westfield Downtown Plaza, the Docks area, Cal Expo and the site of Arco Arena in Natomas. Descriptions of the proposals are posted at the end of this article.

The seven private sector proposals will be analyzed along with two other plans: the idea of remodeling Arco Arena and the ongoing plan to build an arena at Cal Expo, according to the task force. This means the task force will study nine proposals.

“I was blown away when we ended up getting seven new proposals,” Johnson said Tuesday at his weekly press conference, noting that he had not yet read them.

Johnson said he expected at least two new proposals from the private sector, along with plans to study the Cal Expo idea and a remodel of the Natomas arena. He also pointed out that the applicants were working on a tight deadline.

“It takes a lot of time and energy to put a proposal together, especially in 45 days or less,” Johnson said. "To be able to see seven of those (prospective developers) answer the call, I think just says a lot about our community. So I was very pleased in terms of the private sector’s interest in pursuing a public/private partnership.”

Johnson said the task force plans to make recommendations to the City Council on an arena and entertainment center in March.

A Dec. 29 news release from the task force said the public can read the complete proposals Jan. 14.

Task force project coordinator Matt Massari wrote the following descriptions of the seven new proposals. The names of the developers are listed in bold text and the locations for the proposed projects are italicized.

Thomas Enterprises, Inc. and Team, Sacramento Railyards

The offering proposes to build on years of planning by the city of Sacramento and combines regional mass transit, large-scale community events, arts and entertainment venues in the city’s downtown and region.

The Kamilos Company and Team, Sacramento Railyards

The proposed entertainment and sports complex will be located on the city-owned property, south of the newly aligned railroad tracks, within the Railyards Specific Plan.

Tripp Development and Team, Westfield Downtown Plaza

The development location is at the northeast corner of the intersection of Third and L streets, on the site currently owned by the city and developed as a multi-level parking facility.

M&M Group, led by Matt Haines and Team, Sacramento Docks Area

The Docks Area is located in Downtown Sacramento, adjacent to the central business district defined on the north by Capitol Mall, on the east by the I-5 freeway, on the south by Broadway and on the west by the Sacramento River. Immediately north is the Historic Old Sacramento District.

Doug Tatara, Cal Expo

This proposal includes a theme park and arena at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds location.

Natomas ESC Partners and Team, Natomas

The site proposed is the city-owned 100-acre property adjacent to and north of the existing Arco Arena and just south of Del Paso Road, minutes from Downtown Sacramento and five miles from Sacramento International Airport.

Ali Mackani and Team, Westfield Downtown Plaza

(The proposal is) centrally located in the heart of Sacramento’s downtown on the current site of Westfield Plaza’s east end. The plan proposes an extensive retail experience, dining options and a public park.

Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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December 29, 2009 | 10:33 PM

So where’s the money to pay for it going to come from?

In the last ten years I believe this will the forth or fifth time nearly all these proposed locations have been discussed but the underlining problem has always been funding. Our Mayor sure likes to put on a show avoiding the real issue of who does gonna pay for it?

December 30, 2009 | 10:55 PM

Actually, the mayor, like you, emphasizes finance in almost every statement he makes about this. This town has a tremendous reservoir of energy poised to create an urban mecca, its happening now…you’re probably part of it…a downtown event center is defiantly part of it.

January 5, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Who’s going to pay for it? Certainly not the millionaires who own the team or their lackeys, such as Kevin Johnson, who will be sitting in the prime seats for free. This is an idiotic boondoggle that should be taken out to a pasture and shot like the lame horse it is.

January 1, 2010 | 11:08 AM

Blown away by seven new proposals? What is new and “blowing away” about these same old proposals?

January 5, 2010 | 3:40 PM

NOTHING is new and the blowing, well…

February 11, 2010 | 3:48 PM

All seven (7) to Nine (9) proposals have hidden costs, which include but are not limited to:

1. Constructing Parking lot
2. Constructing highway and street access
3. Constructing Light Rail access

Except for one (1), build on the same lot as the old Arco Arena. We would save millions by going this route. Just keep that in mind as you review the “other proposals” and hear how they intend on covering these three items without passing that cost along to you. Then you must ask yourself, “Why do they think I will let them rip me off?”

If I am going to pay more taxes for a new arena, give me good ROI and build it next to the old one. If someone can sell you on any of those other proposals, I got a bridge to sell ya…

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