As we put the finishing touches on our September issue — which happens to focus on adaptive reuse — I thought it appropriate to call out a perfect example of it, which I came across yesterday in the New York Times.
The Sacramento western terminus of the first transcontinental railroad which had spanned across the country, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, will come back to life within the next 20 years thanks to a $5.3 billion redevelopment plan by Newnan, Ga.-based developer Thomas Enterprises. The group intends to build up 12,000 residential units, 800,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, scattered small parks, a railroad history museum and a performing arts center.
According to the NYT article, the site is commercially viable because the city's central business district and the State Capitol complex lie south of the old train yards. The core of the retail district will be set in renovated workshops, where locamotive engines used to be assembled. Construction is set to begin in 2011.