POLL: What’s next at the downtown railyards? Readers weigh in
Once “Plan B” for a downtown arena failed to materialize, the Think Big Sacramento organization shifted gears and is now taking a broader look at possibilities for developing the more than 200 acre railyards site.
Several suggestions have already come up for the site, including:
- Major League Baseball stadium – Several news outlets (including the New York TImes, Bleacher Report and Fox Sports) have reported that the Oakland A’s may be looking for a new home. Why not Sacramento?
- Corporate headquarters – Now that the city has received a $15 million grant to fix up the downtown train station, Sacramento is well on its way to being a full intermodal hub, making the railyards a convenient site for commuting corporate workers and executives.
- Entertainment district – Revitalizing downtown has long been a topic of interest at City Hall, and some say the railyards could be a big tourist draw as the newest downtown shopping and eating hotspot, despite not having an arena.
- Medium-sized entertainment venues – A recent candidate for City Council suggested Sacramento needs more “medium-sized” venues: larger than your average nightclub, but smaller than a basketball arena. Could the railyards be the new home for an amphitheatre or two?
- And, of course, an indoor sports arena – The idea hasn’t been completely excluded from the list. Johnson said building an arena doesn’t make economic sense without an anchor sports tenant, but that’s not to say the city and Think Big won’t still pursue one.
Jared Ficker, a spokesman for Inland Inland American Real Estate Trust, the Illinois firm that owns most of the railyards, said in a recent Sacramento Bee article that the company welcomes the help of Think Big.
“Think Big helps build community support for a project of this magnitude; they have an understanding of what the community wants,” Flicker said.
So, what does the community want?
We’ve outlined a few suggestions that were mentioned in the Bee article and that the mayor and others have brought up. What would you add? What do you think could or should be built at the raliyards site?
Take a minute to vote on the ones we’ve listed, or suggest your own ideas in the comment section, and we’ll add them to the poll as we go along.
Once we’ve incorporated all your suggestions and have a list of interesting ideas, we’ll hand-deliver them to the mayor and Think Big Executive Director Kunal Merchant.