The state has awarded the City of West Sacramento $6.7 million in affordable housing and infrastructure construction funds to jump start new office, retail and residential mixed use development in the Bridge and Washington districts. It is the state’s fifth largest cap-and-trade award.
Funding will assist in the development of 77 units of affordable housing in the Bridge District’s West Gateway Place (formerly Delta Lane) and provide transportation and infill development, including a new multi-modal roadway, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the City’s Grand Gateway and Washington District.
“This investment in the Grand Gateway as a hub bringing together our downtown, the Bridge District, and the Washington District, is an exemplary model for how affordable, sustainable, connected urban development is a powerfully smart investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “We’re thankful for the state’s decision and ready to get to work, and we’ll break ground on the first phase in just 45 days from now.”
The City’s riverfront plans embrace smart growth principals including urban street cars, mixed uses, affordable housing and continuous bicycle and pedestrian paths along both sides and across the Sacramento River. In addition to housing and recreation trails, the Bridge District features Raley Field and Tower Bridge Gateway.
The Washington District is a 194-acre area, likewise located on the West Sacramento riverfront corridor within a mile of downtown Sacramento. Revitalization plans feature 3,300 residences, 2.4 million square feet of commercial office and 350,000 square feet of retail. The Washington neighborhood also received a U.S. Housing and Urban Development “Sustainable Community” designation in 2011 that funded City planning efforts.
The smart growth funding is part of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The award was announced by the California Strategic Growth Council, which provides grants and loans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting compact, infill development patterns, encouraging active transportation and transit usage, and protecting agricultural land from sprawl development.