New plans have been revealed for a multi-structure development with a 30-story tower at Lot X, overlooking the iconic yellow Tower Bridge in Downtown Sacramento. The project, to be addressed as 210 N Street, will create a high-density hub with housing, offices, and retail across from Crocker Park in an existing urban environment. Southern Land Company is responsible for the application.
The Lot X proposal will contain 632,000 square feet across the three structures, with 330,000 square feet for residential units, 83,000 square feet for offices, 14,000 square feet for retail, and 164,000 square feet for parking. The office building will be within a five-story mass-timber structure, and parking for 426 vehicles will be included in a seven-story garage.
The residential tower will rise 350 feet tall, tied with the current eighth tallest building in the city, the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse, completed in 1999 at 500 I Street. This would also make 210 N Street the tallest residential building in Sacramento.
Solomon Cordwell Buenz will be responsible for the design. A preliminary hint to the residential facade shows white metal framing floor-to-ceiling glass. Decorative flair can be introduced with bronze or gold-finished mullions. In contrast, the mass-timber offices will have a streamlined aesthetic, with black metal, curtain-wall glass, and a concrete podium.
The tower will include 237 units ranging in size from 590 square feet to 2,715 square feet. A total of 362,500 square feet for residential use. Of the 237 units, there will be six townhouses, 44 studios, 124 one-bedrooms, 48 two-bedrooms, and 16 penthouse units.
Five below-market-rate units will be included for residents earning between 80-120% of the Area Median Income. The project is not seeking density bonuses or other incentives. The development will, however, benefit from Senate Bill 330, which expedites the application process for housing projects.
The six townhome units will overlook 2nd Street, with street-level access to Crocker Park. Higher up, the tower will be set back on the 16th floor, creating an amenity deck with an open-air pool 165 feet high. Higher up, a setback on level 29 will make an expansive private terrace split between the two duplex penthouses.
The five-story office building will include generous ceiling heights, pushing its overall height to be 75 feet above street level. The interiors will hint at the structural frame made with mass timber. The ceilings and interior columns will be wood, taking inspiration from projects like 1 De Haro Street in San Francisco.
For the pedestrian, Southern Land Company’s plan includes a porous street level, with a pedestrian promenade planned to cut through the lot from Capital Mall Parkway directly to Crocker Park. A sculptural garden will be included. There will be three separate commercial spaces, likely to become restaurants with attached outdoor dining zones.
According to Turton Commercial Real Estate, Lot X is “the largest undeveloped assemblage of prime real estate at Main and Main” in the State Capitol. The location includes immediate access to the capitol building and the financial district, as well as the burgeoning West Sacramento waterfront.
The preliminary filing comes after Southern Land Company purchased the property from The Kings, the city’s professional basketball team, in late October of this year for $16.75 million. Reporting by Ben van der Meer of Sacramento Business Journal shows that in late October, it was known that Southern Land, a Nashville-based development firm, plans to build a mixed-use development of this scale. Construction will replace an existing surface parking lot across from 300 Capitol Mall, an 18-story office tower owned by Hines and Sterling Property Inc.
An estimated construction cost and timeline have not yet been established.