SVA Architects’ site plan for Sacramento’s Mirasol Village Block A—a key piece of the neighborhood revitalization—is being fast-forwarded to join Blocks B and E, the two Blocks currently under construction.
Block A, which includes mixed-income housing as well as several community amenities and large pool, is currently on track to break ground in January 2021.
The project is a collaboration of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) and McCormack Baron Salazar.
SHRDA reported last April that it has been allocated $64.5 million bond and tax credit from the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) to finance Block A of the housing development.
The Mirasol Village redevelopment will bring new homes, employment centers, transit, services, retail, and recreational amenities to the former Twin Rivers and surrounding River District neighborhood.
In a statement, SVA says “Mirasol Village will create a fully connected, dynamic community which will dramatically transform the region and offer a healthy, sustainable lifestyle for generations.”
“This is not just a housing project. This is building a neighborhood,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg of the City of Sacramento said at the Sept. 3 Groundbreaking ceremony for Blocks B and E. “It’s exactly the way we ought to go about it—as we seek to empower all of our neighborhoods in Sacramento to have quality housing, to have real economic opportunities, and to have the services and amenities that every neighborhood should have.”
Twin Rivers was one of the County of Sacramento’s first public housing developments, built in the 1940s. In recent years, the neighborhood had become isolated by railroad tracks, rivers, levees, and limited roads, and the buildings had reached the end of their usable life.
The Mirasol Village redevelopment includes replacing the previous 218 units with 427 new mixed-income homes, adding multi-modal connections to the heart of Sacramento including a new Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail Blue Line Station, providing comprehensive supportive services to residents, and revitalizing the neighborhood with new amenities and recreation.
Community spaces include a 1.2-acre community park, 2/3-acre community garden, fruit tree orchard, garden learning center, pool, playgrounds, and walking paths.
SVA architects principal Nathan Herrero said: “It’s especially rewarding for Block A to move forward because it includes several community amenities, which will enrich the quality of life for all of Mirasol Village’s residents.”