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K Street now – A photo essay

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D & S Development, Inc., and CFY Development Inc. – led by David Miry and his son, Bay Miry, and Cyrus Youssefi and his son, Ali Youssefi – are currently working with the city on plans to redevelop the south side of the 700 block of K Street.

The developers propose a mix of adaptive reuse and new construction that would include a music club, four restaurants with bars and other retail, second-floor apartments, sidewalk patio seating, rooftop decks for dining and residential use, and a six-story apartment building on the alley.

The developers also plan to restore historic brick and wood storefronts facing K Street.

City staffers expect to bring the project back before the Preservation and Planning commissions and the City Council for final action in May and June. The developers hope to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2011 and open the completed development two and a half years from now.

Above and below are photos of the buildings in their current conditions.


The historic Pacific States Building at 700 K Street will be turned into a live music club with a roof terrace. The club would anchor a key block across from Westfield Downtown Plaza and St. Rose of Lima Park. Built in 1929, the structure combines Renaissance Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles.


The building was once home to Pacific States Savings & Loan Co. and more recently the Men’s Wearhouse clothing store.

Developers propose building a club big enough to hold 500 people with the addition of space from the neighboring Joe Sun building at 704 K St. Its roof terrace is proposed at 3,225 square feet.  

The gray and green Joe Sun Building is L-shaped, with a storefront at 704 K St. and a rear entrance at 1109 Seventh St. Developers will create a new exterior that contrasts with the historic Pacific States Building, right, because the existing exterior was already completely altered and has no historic significance. This was built as the National Dollar Store in 1930.

The interior will open up to the Pacific States Building. The corner music club will take three-quarters of the ground floor and half of the second floor. The other half of the upper floor will be a creative live-work office. The remaining quarter of the ground floor will hold a lobby entry for the upstairs and for a basement sporting ceilings at least 11 feet high that will be used for retail. 


Once visited by singer Al Jolson, the former Ancil Hoffman Saloon and Flagstone Hotel at 708 K St. would be converted into a restaurant and bar with retail and four apartments. The saloon was built in 1912. Eight apartments were added upstairs in 1921. 


The ground floor of the Plaza Galleria at 712 K St. is expected to be used as retail, possibly by a salon, with three apartments above. The building’s eligibility as a landmark is being determined.


The developers would preserve the now orange and white landmark Morelia building at 716 K St. for use as a bakery or coffee shop, with two apartments on top.


The building at 718 K St., where a tattoo business once operated, is planned to house a restaurant and bar/lounge and four apartments overhead. Its basement was once used as a nightclub. Plans call for exposing the basement to the ground floor with the use of a mezzanine, which developers say would be unique for downtown Sacramento. The building would also house a lobby providing access to a second-floor corridor leading to the 17 apartments from 708 – 724 K streets.


The W.T. Grant Co. building at 724 K St. would contain a restaurant and bar on the ground floor and in the block’s second-most spacious basement, which features 8- to 10-foot ceilings. The second floor would hold four apartments.


Another potential historic landmark is the former Tower Records at 726 K St. Developers plan to restore the 1970s mural and use the space for retail.


The corner building at 730 K St. – once a home to a a jewelry store – will be built for retail and two apartments above. It had been used as a mini-mart in more recent years.


Plans call for demolishing the old Texas Mexican restaurant at 1114 Eighth St. for the project.

On that alley, developers propose a six-story apartment building with 153 units and a 91-space parking garage. The top floor would have a mezzanine level and rooftop deck with views of the Capitol, while parking would be located underground and on the building’s ground floor.

The building would occupy space created by demolishing the back half of some existing 160-foot-deep retail spaces.

That would mean the 19th-Century alley façades would be eliminated. However, developers are working with city staff and city Preservation Commission members to determine how to reuse some of the alley’s historic elements. That may include reusing historic brick, windows, doors and fire escapes and other elements on the alley-level façade and interior or rooftop courtyard gardens.  


Back view of the historic Morelia building, 716 K St., constructed in 1881. Tailor Patrick Buckley had the structure built with a second-floor residence. The building later housed Gensler-Lee Jewelers, Grayson’s Department Store and then Paul’s Bargain Center in the 1970s.

Some of the city’s historic past can still be viewed with a walk down the alley behind the 700 block of K Street. The Morelia building, 716 K St., contains historic details such as old doors and windows.

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Suzanne Hurt

  • Where are the plans for the 800 Block of K Street?

  • Isaac Gonzalez

    It’s good to hear that there are plans to restore the mural on the old Tower Records store. It’s a shame to see it in it’s current state of disrepair. I have many memories of staring up into its details as a child.

  • Lindol French

    that’s a lot of bar/restaurants.

  • Half the retail uses are proposed to be restaurant/bar oriented. Of that half, each brings something unique (a roof top dining area, a grandiose live music venue, a brewery, etc). Also in that half is a coffee/cafe/dessert diner use which provides utility to all the new residents to be introduced into the area. The other half of the retail uses are hard good oriented (several clothing boutiques, salon/spa, creative work/live loft space, a flower shop, etc.

    • Isaac Gonzalez

      I’m reminded of Santa Barbara’s “State Street” District. It supports a virbant and busy nightlife AND retail shops mixed with housing.

    • Lindol French

      Hey, don’t get me wrong, I hope it goes off with flying colors. I love bars and restaurants, but, State Street? Really? Shoot for the stars, I guess.

  • Dale Kooyman

    “On that alley, developers propose a six-story apartment building with 153 units and a 91-space parking garage.”

    Hope that can be fast tracked for one of the first to be completed so residents can support the businesses and Plaza and other retail stores.

  • John Pastor

    I’m really hoping K Street gets a new life, it saddens me every time the light rail train rolls through on the way to work. Once bustling little shops are now dark facades.

  • You should have seen K Street like it was when I first moved to Sacramento as a teenager in 1958. A straight shot all the way down through the “West End” to the river. There was so much lost in the building of the plaza mall and that I-5 monstrosity.

  • Suzanne Hurt

    Steve Lebastchi is one of the principals at D & S Development and one of five principals on the company’s project for the 700 block of K Street.

  • Whitney

    With all the residential going in they need a good grocery store/market. In SF every neighborhood has a small grocery store, not a ‘convenience store’ but a viable place to buy real food, it’s great for the neighborhood residents if they can walk to a market. I hope they have plans for something similar near K street.

  • Great job with the photos and descriptions of each buildings past and future!

    I’m excited about this project. I really like the aesthetics of D&S’s previous downtown/midtown projects. I think we just might be ready for the 500 capacity music venue by the time it opens now that we are starting to actually have sold out shows at Harlow’s. It should fit nicely between Harlow’s and Ace of Spades (Empire) size-wise.

    @RPH if only we could move I-5! …or deck over it at least.

  • Let’s get a record store back on K Street! That used to be my whole reason for going there- there were THREE for a while, now there’s ZERO! “Records” got kicked out of their big K St. building and had to move to Tower Video on Broadway, where it hasn’t been the same.

  • This is insane. Sequentially, every decrepit firetrap on the block is proclaimed to be the “Historic [something] Building”, and further billed as a soon-to-be restaurant/club. For one thing, old, ugly and rotting does not necessarily equal “historic” and for another, who could reasonably expect a half-dozen restaurant/bars all occupying the same block in a blighted area all to remain viable?

    Bulldoze the whole block, plant grass, and commission an artist to design and sculpt a massive NO PANHANDLING OR LOITERING sign, perhaps made out of the pulverized scraps of the Old MacGillicuddy Bates & Sons Dry Goods Depot Building, to stick in the middle of it.

  • Project seems to be a nice mix that makes use of existing structures.


    Pretty good pictures. I remember when we would cruise down K Street on Friday nights, there would be hundreds of people cruising, checking each other out ~back in the day! ~ @Peta_de_Aztlan on Twitter

  • sissyh20

    thanks for sharing those..i wish they would preserve them all…but its all about the money

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