California State Parks plans new hotel for Old Sacramento

A new development is in the works for Old Sacramento. There is a proposal for a hotel in the grassy area near I Street and Front Street.California State Parks is asking for public input on the design guidelines for the project to ensure the hotel is historically appropriate.”This is where California grew up and so this is an important site in terms of the historical events that happened here,” said John Fraser, the capital district superintendent for California State Parks. “There’s important historical architecture around us we want to make sure we’re sensitive to. So, a visitor coming to this place, it should feel like it fits and belongs and is something that doesn’t call attention to itself.”California State Parks will host a virtual workshop on Thursday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. People can register to participate in the workshop here.Scott Ford, the economic development director with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, said there is definitely a need for this kind of development in the area.”Obviously, Sacramento needs hotel rooms, especially in its core to complement the investments in the Convention Center, the Golden 1 Center and to continue to draw and drive leisure tourism to this region,” Ford said. “It’s a real win.”Many nearby business owners agree. Ricardo Sibrian owns Brannon Manor, a restaurant right across from the site for the proposed hotel.”I think it will be a great benefit to Old Sacramento,” Sibrian said.This follows a difficult couple of years for businesses.”We made it through the whole pandemic and, like I told my wife, ‘We make it through the pandemic, we can make it through anything,’ and we can’t wait for what the future has in hands for us,” Sibrian said.The idea is still in the early stages. The public will have a chance to weigh in on what the hotel should look like, the State Park and Recreation Commission will need to approve the proposal, and they will need a developer to make it all a reality.”It is gonna take a special partner, we understand that. This isn’t just a typical hotel,” Fraser said. “This is gonna be an operator who really understands what’s special about this site, who wants to do business with State Parks in a historic area.”Fraser said the timing will depend on who that partner is and how quickly they can mobilize. It will likely take a couple of years, he said.

A new development is in the works for Old Sacramento. There is a proposal for a hotel in the grassy area near I Street and Front Street.

California State Parks is asking for public input on the design guidelines for the project to ensure the hotel is historically appropriate.

“This is where California grew up and so this is an important site in terms of the historical events that happened here,” said John Fraser, the capital district superintendent for California State Parks. “There’s important historical architecture around us we want to make sure we’re sensitive to. So, a visitor coming to this place, it should feel like it fits and belongs and is something that doesn’t call attention to itself.”

California State Parks will host a virtual workshop on Thursday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. People can register to participate in the workshop here.

Scott Ford, the economic development director with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, said there is definitely a need for this kind of development in the area.

“Obviously, Sacramento needs hotel rooms, especially in its core to complement the investments in the Convention Center, the Golden 1 Center and to continue to draw and drive leisure tourism to this region,” Ford said. “It’s a real win.”

Many nearby business owners agree. Ricardo Sibrian owns Brannon Manor, a restaurant right across from the site for the proposed hotel.

“I think it will be a great benefit to Old Sacramento,” Sibrian said.

This follows a difficult couple of years for businesses.

“We made it through the whole pandemic and, like I told my wife, ‘We make it through the pandemic, we can make it through anything,’ and we can’t wait for what the future has in hands for us,” Sibrian said.

The idea is still in the early stages. The public will have a chance to weigh in on what the hotel should look like, the State Park and Recreation Commission will need to approve the proposal, and they will need a developer to make it all a reality.

“It is gonna take a special partner, we understand that. This isn’t just a typical hotel,” Fraser said. “This is gonna be an operator who really understands what’s special about this site, who wants to do business with State Parks in a historic area.”

Fraser said the timing will depend on who that partner is and how quickly they can mobilize. It will likely take a couple of years, he said.

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