Eastern Star Hall Fundraiser

The Save the Eastern Star fundraiser features live music by Sacramento swing jazz favorites Mumbo Gumbo and the discount jazz stylings of the Freebadge Serenaders. Master of ceremonies Matias Bombal will introduce the performers. Locally-produced "Ruhstaller" beer will be available for those over 21. Tickets are $25 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets, $30 the night of the event–Saturday, April 28 at 7 PM. Sacramento’s Eastern Star Hall was built in 1928 as a meeting hall for the Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic women’s organization. It is one of only four buildings constructed for the Eastern Star organization, and the only one still surviving and in active use. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a fine example of Romanesque Revival architecture, and a rare example of local buildings devoted to a women’s organization. The building is still utilized by the Eastern Star organization and rented to local community organizations like Sacramento Swingtime and Sacramento Old City Association, but time has taken its toll on the building, and repairs must be made to keep the building safe and sturdy. The local Eastern Star organization does not have the resources to repair the building. This event will raise funds needed to fully assess the building’s condition and begin repair work that will keep this architectural treasure an active and […]

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Clark’s Corner takes over landmark home of Shakey’s pizza

An East Sacramento native is taking over the corner building that was home to the original Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and later Sweetwater – turning what was most recently The Corner Restaurant & Bar into Clark’s Corner. New owner Clark Branscum grew up playing Little League baseball in East Sacramento and chowing down on Shakey’s Pizza at 57th and J streets after games. Branscum spent five years in San Francisco, where he was a partner in two Marina District establishments: a restaurant and bar called U Street Lounge on Union Street and Kelley’s Tavern on Fillmore Street. Now 30, Branscum recently bought The Corner Restaurant & Bar business and building after the previous owner decided to focus on acting. Branscum is remodeling the space and plans to open Clark’s Corner there as his first solo venture on May 27. "It’s kind of an iconic landmark in East Sacramento. There’s always been a restaurant in that building since there was a Shakey’s," Branscum said. "It’s nice to come full circle and to own the place I used to go to after baseball games as a kid." In 1954, Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson – who got his nickname from nerve damage caused by malaria contracted during World War II – and his partner, Ed Plummer, opened the first Shakey’s Pizza at the site of a former grocery store at […]

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Photo tour of Maydestone Building renovation

The century-old Maydestone building at the corner of 15th and J streets is scheduled to open in spring or summer to provide 32 apartments to working-wage tenants. “We broke ground a couple of months ago,” said Bay Miry of D&S Development. “We’re building it in four phases of eight units.” The building has four floors for housing and a basement, which will serve as a common area with an exercise room, office spaces and a common kitchen. All units are fully contained with their own kitchens and bathrooms as well. “I’m most excited about two things,” Miry said. “First, we are rehabilitating a major eyesore in a very prominent location. Second, it provides more workforce housing to Midtown and downtown.” Much of the building’s historical character is being preserved, including the above mosaic at the main entrance. According to Miry, historic pull-out beds are being preserved and incorporated into some of the remodeled units. Corner units are the bigger ones, coming in closer to the 850-square-foot size. Smaller units begin at 400 square feet, and Miry said monthly rents will range from $700-$1,100. Rooms will be accessed through the interior hallway on each floor. An all-metal exterior staircase will allow for the building to be accessed by the rear as well as the front. Some of the details of the approximately $8 million project are […]

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Grill stays on at Jim-Denny’s

Sacramento's famous little vintage diner, Jim-Denny's, is about to quietly change hands. Regulars and history buffs can breathe a sigh of relief: The buyer plans to keep the 76-year-old landmark restaurant operating right where it is, said broker Dave Herrera of Colliers International. An investor who values the diner's history is purchasing the business and the property at 816 12th St. It's expected to close escrow in the next two weeks. "He had a lot of interest because of the history that the building and business have had, and the impact it's had on all the locals," Herrera said. An agreement was reached within about a week of when the historic diner and restaurant business was marketed for sale – along with a 3,734-square-foot piece of downtown real estate that went on sale simultaneously after staying in one family for about 60 years. But Jim-Denny's current co-owner Patsy Lane isn't retiring yet. Lane, her grandkids and the rest of the crew will keep operating the restaurant for at least four months under the agreement with the new owner. The buyer was only interested in the deal if Lane agreed to stay during a transition, she said. College grads Jim Van Nort and Dennis "Denny" McFall opened Jim-Denny’s at 16th and J streets in 1934. The pair left Salt Lake City for Sacramento in 1933. During […]

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4 Proposals for K Street

On Monday, March 22, the city of Sacramento will host presentations by the four development groups interested in building a project on the 700 and 800 blocks of K Street. This meeting will be held at Old City Hall, 915 I Street, in the 2nd floor hearing room, at 5:30 PM. The four groups who responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) include: * Bridge Housing, Saca Development and Bagatelos Development They propose 360 units of housing, a renovated Bel-Vue, 48,000 square feet of office not on Agency property, and 33,000 square feet of retail. * David Taylor, CIM Development, Domus, and Zeiden Properties They propose 110 housing units, including a renovated Bel-Vue, 60,000 square feet of retail and 57,000 square feet of office. * CFY Development and D&S Development Their project for the 700 blocks includes retaining the facades on the 700 block, building new units to the alley including 136 residential units and 37,000 feet of retail space. * Rubicon Partners, St. Anton Partners, and Preferred Capitol Advisors (Sacramento Alliance Team) This proposal requires the entirety of the 700 and 800 blocks, including properties not under Agency control, to create 400 residential units, a 2000 seat entertainment venue, 175,000 square feet of retail including a grocery and farmer’s market, 150 high-end luxury condos, and a 375 room four-star hotel. This presentation will allow the public to learn more about the development groups and the […]

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Crest relit Monday night

Nights on K Street will be lit up once again by the colossal Crest Theatre marquee. A four-month restoration of the landmark neon sign wrapped up Friday when the last neon tubes were installed. Theater operators have invited the public to a relighting ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Monday — just two weeks shy of the Crest’s 60th anniversary celebration. "When I saw the first coats of paint, my first reaction was, ‘That’s really bright,’ " said Sid Garcia Heberger, one of four people who operate the Crest. "But once I saw it in the larger context, I realized how well it works together and how right it looks." In May, Heberger and her partners hired YESCO sign company to perform a $213,000 restoration of the marquee. The work is part of a $360,000 renovation project on the building, which is on a list of the city’s essential historic sites. Interior work is expected to be completed by year’s end. As a Sacramento landmark, the Crest Theatre’s art deco sign can be found in most promotional material used by the city and the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau. The theater sits at the center of K Street Mall, where redevelopment efforts are underway. The city’s Economic Development Department is footing the bill for the restoration. The sign’s restoration was undertaken with the blessing of the family which that […]

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800 K/L-Belvue Demolition Plan Returns To City Council

On Tuesday, August 25, the Sacramento City Council will hear a proposal by developers Bob Leach and Parkcrest Development to build a hotel at the corner of 8th and K Street and a parking structure at the corner of 8th and L Street, a project that would require demolition of city landmark the Bel-Vue Apartments and adjacent buildings. The meeting will be held at New City Hall, 915 I Street, at 6:00 PM in the main City Council chambers. The item was originally to be heard at the August 11 meeting of the City Council (see sacramentopress.com/headline/11884/City_to_decide_on_fate_of_BelVue_Apartments_and_Berry_Hotel_today ) but was taken off the agenda at the last minute. According to the staff report, the "Exclusive Right to Negotiate" between the city of Sacramento and the developers expired on Sunday, August 23, but city staff can still work with the development group while a new RFQ (Request for Qualifications) is being prepared, a process that should take about 90 days according to the staff report. If city staff and developers cannot reach an agreement, the new RFQ will request proposals from other developers and development groups for a different project on the 800 K Street site. Also according to the staff report, city staff had not fully analyzed the new proposal as of its submittal date of Friday, August 21, and could not provide complete comment. One change from previous proposals is a change to requested exemption from the hotel’s "Transient Occupancy Tax": instead of 100% exemption from TOT for 10 years, they are […]

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City to decide on fate of Bel-Vue Apartments and Berry Hotel today

On Tuesday, August 11, the Sacramento city council will decide whether to give away the half-block from K to L on 8th Street, containing the Bel-Vue Apartments and several other buildings to developers Bob Leach, Mohammed Mohanna and Parkcrest Development. The land was recently purchased by the city from Mohanna at a price of $18.6 million, and the developers are asking not only for free land but several years of tax-free operation. The net cost to the city will be about $34 million, 25% of the total investment for the project, in return for about 10% of the return. The proposed project is a 300-foot luxury hotel at 8th and K and a parking lot on 8th & L where the Bel-Vue stands. The project would destroy all surviving structures on the project site. In addition to the landmark Bel-Vue, the 1895 Feldhusen Building and the circa 1910 Sam’s Club building would be demolished, although neither has the status of city landmark. The proposed project would also demolish two half-blocks of Sacramento’s underground sidewalks, along the corner of 8th and K Street. The sidewalks are still clearly visible from the alley, as the photograph above shows. As with the loss of the Bel-Vue, approval of this project would mean the loss of structures that, despite having fallen into disrepair and disuse, are part of the city’s historic fabric. By […]

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