Historic Maydestone building opens after renovation

A 100-year-old building on the border of downtown and Midtown Sacramento officially reopened Wednesday after about a year of renovation work in what proponents said is an example of redevelopment at its best.

More than 100 businesspeople, developers, city staff and government officials were present at the opening of the Maydestone building as Mayor Kevin Johnson cut a chain with bolt cutters in a twist on the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“This is something that we’re very proud of in Sacramento,” Johnson said. “(In 1912, the building) had people that lived upstairs who were architects, it had small businesses, there were waiters and waitresses – it was affordable. You fast-forward 100 years, and it’s doing the exact same thing.”

Sacramento-based D&S Development, Inc., handled the $7 million affordable housing project that includes 32 apartments on four floors as well as a basement common room with recreational and relaxation facilities.

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director La Shelle Dozier said the Maydestone’s redevelopment helps Sacramento give off a positive image.

“(Sacramento) shouldn’t be known for coming out of the Memorial Auditorium and seeing vacant and boarded buildings,” she said. “It should be known for projects like the Maydestone.”

Dozier added that similar projects are under way at La Valentina, the Hotel Berry and the 700 block of K Street.

Speaking as a board member for the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, Rob Kerth said the building is a model for redevelopment with a green focus, as LED lighting is prevalent, solar panels were installed on the roof, heating and air-conditioning systems are energy-efficient, and even the elevator generates power as it descends.

Bay Miry of D&S Development said it was the Maydestone building that brought the downtown developers into redevelopment work in partnership with CFY Development, Inc. The two businesses are currently working on the massive project on the 700 block of K Street.

Johnson spoke in favor of redevelopment – a controversial funding mechanism whose future is currently being determined in the California Supreme Court.

“When you have double-digit unemployment figures, anything we can do to create jobs, and this project produced 200 jobs,” he said. “This is a win, win, win on all accounts.”

The 32 apartments in the building on the corner of 15th and J streets range in size from 300 to 700 square feet, and Miry said they are currently being rented out, with more than 30 applications already received.

Sixteen units are available at $729 per month, 13 in a range from $800 – $1,300 per month and three at about $1,500 per month.

Where possible, Miry previously told The Sacramento Press, original built-in storage, furniture and flooring was retained, keeping the building true to its historical character.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.

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October 12, 2011 | 11:09 PM

COME TO 10th and i st you coward. try cutting some chains there and helping your neighbors.

October 13, 2011 | 12:27 AM

What?

October 13, 2011 | 5:35 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the 800J plaza on 9th and J also an affordable housing project funded by millions in subsidies? The lofts upstairs are mostly vacant.

Looks like projects like these are just a way to show that redevelopment is beneficial, when actually it’s not. Last I heard the 800J plaza will soon be handed over to the bank as CIM is deeply in debt for that building.

October 13, 2011 | 10:57 PM

800J is over 90% occupied. Majority of units are market rate. Only a percentage (15-25% range) are at low income levels. And Temple was just added as a ground floor tenant…1801L has a similar affordability mix. And that project is also over 90% occupied with a long wait list for its affordable units. Downtown and midtown rental market is STRONG right now. With much much more needed.

October 16, 2011 | 11:15 AM

How long is this picture of johnson’s smiling face going to occupy the main page of this publication? It’s fast becoming political propaganda

October 21, 2011 | 4:32 PM

I’m so glad to see this building be reborn! I lived in it, and so did many of my friends. I can’t wait to see what the apartments look like now, I do hope they kept most of the old charm in them.

July 20, 2013 | 7:51 AM

This is one of the most charming apartments I have ever lived in…. I LOVE it and so does my dog King Arthur !!! Thanks Bay

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