December 7, 2022

Amphitheater, houses planned on the Sleep Train site in Sacramento


A new hospital under construction at the former Sleep Train Arena site in Sacramento will also include more than 3,000 housing units, as well as retail space, bike paths and an amphitheater.

The development, called Innovation Park, will be located on the 183-acre North Natomas site. California Northstate University plans to build a 14-story teaching hospital, trauma center and medical school on the site, creating up to 3,000 jobs.

The housing will include higher density apartments, townhouses and attached single-family homes, according to a report by city staff from a Planning and Design Commission meeting last week. The city’s Parks and Community Enrichment Commission will discuss the project on Thursday.

The accommodation includes around 600 student and faculty housing units, according to the report. It will also include housing for the elderly. For the rest, a mix of rental housing and owned housing will be encouraged, according to the report. It is not known if any of the units will be affordable for low-income people.

The property will be divided into three sections: the health district, the life district and the innovation district.

The development will also include an “urban plaza,” where group fitness classes and other events could take place, surrounded by al fresco dining, according to the report. It would also include amenities for the public, such as a 4.5-acre nature park, specialty gardens, and cycle paths. An outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 2,000 seats is also planned. It could also include a primary school, sports fields and a hotel.

No city funding or incentives have been approved for the project, city spokeswoman Jennifer Singer said.

Sacramento is experiencing a serious housing crisis. An estimated 45,580 new housing units, including 16,769 for low-income residents, are needed in the city by 2029, according to a state-commissioned report. The Sacramento area has the least affordable new housing market in the country, according to a new report. The typical rent for an apartment in the Sacramento area is now higher than in Seattle, Washington, DC and New York.

The Parks and Community Enrichment Commission will discuss the development at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be broadcast live on the city’s website. The city council will discuss it in February.

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Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Prior to joining The Bee in 2018, she covered local government in newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.