The River District is a Magnet for Some of the Region's Largest Projects
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Township Nine is unfolding as “the Urban Gateway to the American River,” offering unparalleled features in this 65-acre mixed-use project. Designed for approximately 2,500 housing units, 840,000 square feet of office space and 145,000 square feet of urban retail, this will emerge as one of the largest infill, transit-oriented developments in the country incorporating a variety of housing options, easy access to light rail, bike trail links to Old Sacramento and Discovery Park, and landscape & infrastructure design that will redefine urban living in Sacramento.
Sacramento's high-tech, hands-on science center will immerse children in an exciting universe of science, technology, engineering and math by providing demonstrations that will highlight the skills necessary for tomorrow’s economic success—in an atmosphere of fun and fascination. Powerhouse Science Center will enable young minds to explore water, technology and alternative energy sources using interactive exhibits, while the Center itself utilizes a hydrogen fuel cell, urban wind towers, photovoltaic trees and unique liquid waste recycling to become a “living machine.” The Earth and Space Sciences building will feature a 150-seat planetarium and the Challenger Learning Center providing students with practical science and space-exploration scenarios.
Sacramento Regional Transit District’s (RT) Green Line to the Airport (also referred to as the Downtown Natomas Airport line) will extend light rail 12.8 miles north from downtown Sacramento to the River District, the Natomas communities and the Sacramento International Airport. The project includes many components including crossings over the American River and Highway 99, 13 light rail stations, a maintenance facility and seven park-and-ride lots. Due to its size, the project will be implemented in phases. The timeline for the project estimates completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report by spring 2014 and full preliminary engineering by spring 2015.
In January, 2012, Sacramento was announced as recipient of a HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant kicking off an 18-24 month process designed to transform the Twin Rivers housing community by integrating it into the fabric of the surrounding River District and Railyards neighborhoods. The ultimate plan will incorporate a variety of housing types, income levels, services, educational opportunities and neighborhood amenities.
Located immediately south of the River District, the Sacramento Railyards represents a long anticipated 240-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented infill project at the former Union Pacific Railyards site. The property is entitled for over 3 million square feet of housing, office, retail, hotel as well as historic and cultural uses. Infrastructure work and environmental remediation are underway.
The Sacramento Intermodal Transportation Facility is an integral component to the improvement of rail and transit trips for local and regional travelers. The facility is designed to provide user-friendly connections between nearly all modes of transportation: Bicycle, pedestrian, bus, light rail, taxi and train connections are planned. Located one mile from the River District, the Sacramento Intermodal will provide vital transportation links and connectivity to residents and businesses.