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What’s planned for Citrus Heights in 2018? Here’s 10 developments to look out for

Development proposal under review sign
File photo, development proposal sign. // CH Sentinel

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Big things are planned for Citrus Heights in 2018 when it comes to developments and various projects throughout the city. Projects include a new shopping center in front of Costco and Walmart, plans for several new housing developments, a new pop-up stadium for concerts and events in the Sunrise MarketPlace, and an expansion of the Costco gas station.

Here’s 10 projects to keep an eye out for this year:

  1. Stock Ranch Shops. Plans were submitted in September for the first multi-tenant building to be constructed on the vacant lots in front of Costco and Walmart. California C&S Properties, which owns the Stock Ranch Plaza at 7000 Auburn Blvd., won 6-0 approval from commissioners last year to develop the site with up to 15,000 square feet of fast-casual restaurants and an additional 13,000 square feet of fast food uses. (Read more about what’s planned at the site)
  2. Costco gas expansion. A proposal was submitted to the city by Costco last month requesting approval of plans to expand its existing gas station on Auburn Boulevard by adding six new fueling stations and an enlarged canopy. The project is currently listed as “under review” by the city’s planning division, and neighborhood associations have been asked to submit comment to the city.
  3. Bearpaw Village Town Homes. A controversial plan for a 42-unit townhouse development on a 2.9-acre parcel behind Bearpaw’s outlet store at Sylvan Corners will go before the planning commission for a public hearing and vote later this month on Jan. 24. The area’s neighborhood association president has expressed opposition to the plan, citing concerns about added traffic on Old Auburn Road and other issues.
  4. Old Sylvan Middle School site. Big news in 2018 will be what happens with the 13-acre former middle school site at Sylvan Corners. The city has expressed formal interest with the San Juan Unified School District about purchasing the property, but no updates have been released by the city since mid-2017. Rhonda Sherman, the city’s community services director, told The Sentinel last week that there were no new updates regarding the old Sylvan site, but said an update could be coming within the next 60 days.
  5. Watt Communities’ 261-unit housing development. A massive housing development proposed for a 55-acre piece of largely undeveloped land near Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane could begin construction by the end of the year, pending approval from the city. The city’s planning division estimates hearings before the planning commission and city council will be held later this summer, which, if approved, would give the project the green light to begin construction at the site later this year. An Environmental Impact Report for the project is currently being completed.
  6. Hydrogen refueling station. A new $2.3-million grant-funded hydrogen refueling station was approved by the city to be constructed at the Shell gas station on the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Greenback Lane. The project is anticipated to be completed later this year.
  7. Logan’s Roadhouse Demolition. The old Logan’s restaurant at 5511 Sunrise Blvd. is proposed to be demolished, with a new 10,000 square feet retail and restaurant center built in its place. The proposal still has to receive planning commission and city council approval and is currently listed as “under review” with the planning division.
  8. Pop-up events stadium. A new 2,500-seat “pop-up” stadium will be set up in the Sunrise Marketplace this year, with plans already announced to host concerts and events beginning in 2018. (Read more)
  9. Auburn Heights: Plans to construct eight new single-family homes on a .7-acre lot adjacent to the vacant parcel in front of Walmart on Auburn Boulevard were submitted to the city late last month. Planning Division Manager Colleen McDuffee confirmed the proposal is not part of the adjacent Stock Ranch property and will require approval from the planning commission in order to subdivide the parcel into eight separate lots.
  10. Mariposa Creek.  Watt Communities will begin construction of 15 homes in a new 3.5-acre subdivision along Antelope Road near Mariposa Avenue. The site, at 7625 Antelope Rd., was previously considered by the city for a new city hall.

The Sunrise Mall is also expected to announce big redevelopment and modernization plans, but nothing has been publicly released as of Jan. 13. A barrier fence to prevent pedestrians from jaywalking near Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard is also expected to begin construction later this fall, following design and community outreach efforts set for February.

A large development project that stalled was a proposed 74,000-square-foot assisted living facility at 8220 Sunrise Blvd. The project, which has remained dormant since receiving initial approval from the city in 2008, received a final one-year extension last January. McDuffee said the extension has now expired and the planning division considers it to no longer be a project.

Another project that appears to have stalled is the controversial ARCO gas station and car wash proposed for the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive. The project received significant opposition from the area’s neighborhood association and rumors have circulated that the applicant pulled the plug on the project. A spokesman for the proposed ARCO project was not able to be reached Friday afternoon, but the city’s planning division confirmed the applicant requested that a contract for the project’s Environmental Impact Report be pulled from the city council’s agenda on Nov. 9. The contract could be placed back on the agenda at a later date, but no further word from the applicant has been received by the planning division.

Construction will also continue throughout 2018 on the 68,000-square-foot medical office building on Greenback Lane, although an opening date is not expected until spring of 2019.

Construction on Phase II of a major revitalization project along Auburn Boulevard, from Rusch Park to the border of Roseville, is not expected to begin until at least 2019. However, the city’s general services division says staff will continue to work on the project’s grant funding aspects and necessary right-of-way acquisitions throughout 2018.

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