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Sacramento’s Union Pacific Railyards to be redeveloped into mixed-use entertainment district

The City of Sacramento is moving along with the redevelopment of the Sacramento Railyards, what was once the largest rail yard west of the Mississippi River. At 244-acres, the proposed mixed-used, adaptive-reuse project is just north of the city’s downtown. The original scope of the project was approved by the Sacramento City Council in 2007 and included the development of a maximum of 12,100 dwelling units, 1.4 million square feet of retail, 1,100 hotel rooms, 2.4 million square feet of office, 485,390 square feet of historic/cultural space, and 491,000 square feet of mixed use. In June 2015, the master plan for the site was altered to include a new, HNTB Corporation-designed Major League Soccer team stadium as well as a hospital complex in exchange for fewer residential units. New guidelines for the redevelopment also include up to 10,000 dwelling units, 405,741 square feet of retail, up to 3.8 million square feet of offices, 771,405 square feet of flexible mixed use, a 1,100 room hotel, and 33 acres of open space. At the heart of the project lies the San Francisco-based BCV Architects’ proposal for the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of the site’s landmarked depot structures, known as the “central shops historic district.” BCV’s 500,000 square foot retail district is to include restaurants, entertainment venues, public art, and commercial space surrounded by open space. The firm’s proposal takes the existing red brick depot structures and surrounds them with tree-lined, hardscaped pedestrian zones and a mix of simply-articulated new construction. Kansas City-based HNTB Corporation will design the 25,000 seat soccer stadium will be built in the hopes of converting Sacramento’s minor league FC Republic team into a professional one. The stadium’s design is to include a steeply-pitched rake to amplify the crowd’s cheers. Work on the soccer stadium is expected to be completed as soon as 2018, while the long term redevelopment schedule for the remainder of the site is still in the works.
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Perfect Angle for Treasure Island: 68 Degrees

Sixty-eight degrees happens to be the best angle for the streets in San Francisco's Treasure Island project, a utopian vision of green, pedestrian-centric living. The planners have realized that nobody will walk if they're buffeted by blasts of wind that sweep the island from the southwest, so they came up with a compromise that blocks wind while giving cars enough clearance to turn. It was just one of the interesting factoids that came up during yesterday's tour, organized by the AIA SF for their Architecture + the City Festival, going on right now  (still time to catch one of the other tours and get in on the learning and schmoozing!). The main presenter, Karen Alschuler of Perkins+Will--who was involved with the project from the start, when it was just SMWM rather than the many firms in the mix today--gave a thorough presentation with a new aerial rendering: She painted a vision of how residents would commute to the city.  "You'll be drinking your coffee at the kitchen window, and see the ferry leave from San Francisco, which takes about 13 minutes to arrive, and you'll walk down to catch it." All homes on the island will be designed so they are a 10 to 15 minute walk to the ferry building. But the really primo residential real estate will not be on the island itself, but on adjoining Yerba Buena Island. The west-facing half of the island will be redeveloped as part of the Treasure Island project, with a series of townhomes stepping down the hill, with truly amazing views. Anyone like me who has driven around and around Yerba Buena looking for a spot to take in that view and has been thwarted will be glad to hear there's going to be a new public park right at the top. That park's in addition to the 300 acres of open space on Treasure Island itself, which is only 400 acres altogether.  To encourage fewer cars, the neighborhoods are built up densely around the ferry building. The current plan is to have retail and restaurants at the ferry terminal, and the hangar behind will be a farmer's marketplace (a la the Ferry Building). Besides Perkins+ Will, the team working on the master plan currently includes:  CMG Landscape ArchitectureSOM (condo tower), BCV (marketplace) and Page & Turnbull (historic restoration). Why so many cooks? The developer, Wilson Meany Sullivan, likes to encourage collaboration--and a little competition--to get the best results.  Just joining the group is Seattle-based Mithun, which is working specifically on the neighborhood areas. Talking to Gerry Tierney of Perkins+Will, the plan for the 6,000-8,000 residences is to put parcels out to bid by developers, who will work with individual architects, in order to avoid an architectural monoculture.  The design guidelines they are putting together will be "steadfastly modern"--definitely no historical pastiche. Their hopes are for something akin to the jolly Borneo Sporenburg in Amsterdam. On this brilliant day, where the city was so bright and clear, the vision seemed so close.