First Residential Building Breaks Ground in Bridge District

The Rivermark: New affordable housing development, begins construction in the Bridge District at 5th and Bridge streets.

Construction of a new housing development—named The Rivermark—has begun in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. Located at 959 Bridge Street, The Rivermark will offer 70 units of affordable housing for families when it opens in the fall of 2014. Attending the official groundbreaking were Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, members of the City Council, and Eugene Lee, California Department of Housing and Community Development.

“The City welcomes the start of construction of the first new housing development in the Bridge District,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “When completed, it will become a most desirable address. Think of its proximity to the riverfront, Raley Field and downtown. The City expects more exciting new projects to follow in the Bridge District.”

The apartments will be affordable to residents with annual incomes ranging from approximately $24,000 to $34,600 for a four-person household (30-50 percent of Area Median Income.) Monthly rents will range from approximately $370 to $925 depending on factors such as income, household and apartment size.

“The City’s vision for this new district has all the right ingredients,” said BRIDGE Housing President and CEO Cynthia A. Parker, “including the ballpark, transit connections and easy access to the urban core and the river. We are proud to bring affordable homes for working families into the mix.”

The Rivermark’s design aesthetic is modern, with an array of quasi-industrial finishes from board-formed concrete to a number of large-scale Cortens panels. The four- and five-story building also has an urban residential edge along Bridge Street, with apartments fronting onto the street at grade level with stoops and landscaping to frame the entries. A publicly assessable courtyard at the corner of Bridge and 5th streets will be programmed with seating and shade trees for residents and neighbors alike.

Residents will have access to a community room, indoor recreation space and common outdoor space. The project, which will be GreenPoint rated, includes a number of green building systems and components such as a cool roof and a solar hot water array. The property is located three blocks from Raley Field, and a block from the River Walk Trail. The location is also within walking distance of a Yolobus stop, which provides local loop access across the river and around downtown Sacramento.

The Rivermark is part of a $150 million commitment to residential development in the Bridge District by the City of West Sacramento and project partners. New roads, off-ramp improvements, sewer, water, and riverfront park amenities, totaling $50 million, have already been completed. Funding support for the infrastructure and parks was initiated by $23.1 million of voter-approved Proposition 1C funds, allocated by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The District will eventually feature five to seven million square feet of commercial office, hotel, retail and 4,500 residences.

Financing for The Rivermark is being provided by the City, Chase, Raymond James, California Department  of Housing and Community Development, and the Community Reinvestment Corporation. David Baker + Partners Architects is the architect, and the general contractor is Sunseri Associates Inc.

The Rivermark groundbreaking participants, pictured left to right: City Manager Martin Tuttle; City Councilmember Oscar Villegas; Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma; Section Chief Eugene Lee, California Dept. of Housing and Community Development; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Senior Banker Andy Madeira, Chase; President and CEO Cynthia Parker, BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Senior Project Manager Lisa Grady, BRIDGE Housing Corporation; and Bridge District Manager Katy Jacobson, City of West Sacramento.

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