Citrus Heights shopping mall to be redeveloped into homes and hotels


On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, in Citrus Heights, one of the doors at the entrance to Sunrise Mall was boarded up. City officials plan to transform the mall into housing, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Sacramento is home to the Downtown Commons Arena and Entertainment District.of El Dorado Hills Town Center It is a luxury development of shops, restaurants and apartments. Roseville, Folsom and West Sacramento have all built or are building new “downtowns” where residents want to live, play and work.

Is it finally time for Citrus Heights?

The dilapidated suburb of Sacramento, which boomed around the Sunrise Mall in the 1970s, is in the process of redefining the troubled shopping centers on Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard. The plan, unanimously approved by the city council last year, allows him to develop 2,200 units of housing, restaurants, breweries, employment centers and outdoor entertainment on the 100-acre site.

City officials earlier this month Developer has applied to designate part of Sunrise Mall as a potential hotelamong the first public expressions of interest in the site since 2019 Sunrise Tomorrow specific plan startCity officials say the hotel will be the only hotel in Citrus Heights.

Citrus Heights City Manager Ash Feeney said: He said other nearby commercial districts “demonstrate[the area]still has a lot of health and vitality, and we aim to bring Sunrise Mall back into the area.”

For decades, Sunrise Mall has been a regional destination that draws moviegoers and shoppers to the growing suburbs. Its popularity was emblematic of an era when the suburbs of Sacramento began to thrive. The population of Citrus Heights increased fivefold from his 1970s to his 1990s.

But like many other malls across the country, it has struggled in recent years as shoppers migrate to online marketplaces. The mall is now about half empty, said Megan Hoover, the city’s director of economic development and community engagement.

Citrus Heights officials see an opportunity in this struggle.

In addition to hundreds of apartment complexes and space for up to three hotels, Sunrise-specific plans will allow for 300,000 square feet of retail (restaurants, shops, breweries). The mall now occupies approximately 1 million square feet and will remain open for the next 20 years as it undergoes redevelopment.

An additional 800,000 square feet will be allowed for employment centers such as medical and medical technology offices. Community spaces and outdoor venues host events throughout the year.

“Sunrise Mall has long been the community’s living room, and this is the perfect time to reimagine it for a new generation,” Huber said.

The first change could begin with the site’s 75-acre parking lot. That’s where the hotel can go. A new Hyatt on Seventh and Elle Streets in downtown Sacramento, where he built the Centric Hotel, Davis-based hotel developer and operator Presidio Companies is in “very promising talks” with the city about the plan. Feeney said he did.

Homes built on the site are very likely to be “urban-village densities” rather than single-family homes, Feeney said. It represents a significant increase for the city.

“Citrus Heights is 98 percent complete, so we can’t afford to build a new building,” Huber says. “We must work harder, finer and smarter to be stewards of our future.”

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Ryan Lillis is responsible for housing, real estate and development for The Sacramento Bee. He’s been a journalist at The Bee since 2006, previously covering crime, city hall, wildfire, and the Central Valley, and serving as associate editor. A native of upstate New York, he graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Citrus Heights shopping mall to be redeveloped into homes and hotels

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