Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sacramento Railyards Project

Sacramento is redeveloping the historic rail yards into a transit-oriented mixed-use district with residential, office space, retail, restaurants, a bicycle network, a new light rail station, a soccer stadium and the revitalization of the riverfront.

The railyards are historically significant, serving in the 1860s as the western terminus of the First Transcontinental Railroad.

According to Wikipedia, the 244-acre site when completed in the late 2020s is expected to include 12,000 housing units, 2,900,000 square feet of office uses, 1,900,000 square feet of retail, hotel, and other commercial uses, 41 acres of parks and open space, a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium for Sacramento Republic FC, a 1.3 million square foot, 17.8 acre Kaiser Permanente flagship medical center campus, and create 19,000 permanent jobs.

As part of the Society of Environmental Journalists conference, we were given a tour of the railyards and given a glimpse into its industrial history and revitalized future.

Here are photos from the tour:

Sacramento Rail Yards Project