USA Properties Fund has Proposed the First Private Project for the Sacramento Railyard

First private development in railyard could begin next summer

Affordable housing

Mar 17, 2015, 7:34am PDT
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The first private project planned for the downtown railyard is a 200-unit affordable housing complex to be called Metro Crossing.

Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal
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A Roseville-based developer has proposed the first private project for the Sacramento railyard.

USA Properties Fund Inc. expects next week to submit to the city a plan for the four-story, 200-unit apartment project, to be called Metro Crossing. The company hopes to start construction in summer 2016.

The project is notable because it’s a tangible sign of progress for the 200-acre railyard. Problems with toxic soil clean-up, economic downturns and ownership upheaval have stalled development of the infill site for years. Although many ambitious ideas have been floated — including a major-league soccer stadium — the only other firm construction plans so far are for a Sacramento County courthouse.

Art May, senior vice president of development at USA Properties, said Metro Crossing would be an affordable housing project totaling about 316,000 square feet.

The plan will call for apartments surrounding a five-story parking garage. Amenities would include a community room, pool, pet-washing station and bike repair shop. In layout, Metro Crossing would be similar to the Cannery Place Apartments in Township Nine, but without any retail space, May said. LPAS Architecture and Design in Sacramento is the project architect.

Apartments would range from one-bedroom, one-bathroom units of about 620 square feet to two-bedroom, one-bathroom units of about 940 square feet. There also would be two-bedroom, two-bathroom units.

USA Properties also would have space for on-site classes through its nonprofit partner LifeSTEPS, May said, including job training assistance and after-school programs.

Metro Crossing would be on Seventh Street between extensions of F and G streets, with the western side facing the completed but unopened Sixth Street bridge over the railroad tracks.


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