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New commercial center set to open in Citrus Heights

Parking lot striping was recently applied as construction nears completion in this photo of a new Starbucks-anchored commercial center at Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive in Citrus Heights. // M. Hazlip

Updated 10:26 a.m., April 10th–
By Mike Hazlip–The latest, brand-new commercial center in Citrus Heights is nearing completion at the high-visibility intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive.

A spokesman for general contractor Wells Construction, Steve Johnston, told The Sentinel in an interview Wednesday that crews have completed striping the parking lot and the project is waiting for SMUD to restore power to the site. Johnston said he is working to meet a target opening date of late-April.

“We’re in process of working with SMUD because getting permanent power is a big deal and that is one of the key things we’re waiting on,” Johnston said. “Gas is installed, water is installed, everything is installed, even down to the kitchen sink is installed.”

Anchor tenant Starbucks already has signage in place that can be seen from the roadway. The remaining spaces are currently unleased, according to Johnston. He said previously that the 7,759-square-foot building will have a total of six suites.

The site has energy efficient features like LED lighting and electric vehicle parking.

Johnston said the project has not seen any significant delays outside of some weather-related setbacks typical of the industry. He said theft at the site has been an issue, causing him to walk the perimeter each day to look for breaks in the chain link fence set up around the site.

“Generators, tools, up to heavy equipment… We’ve had over $100,000 all in losses out here,” he said. A police lieutenant confirmed five reports of stolen items from the job site and said officers have increased overnight patrols to help combat theft.

Johnston said next steps include planting of numerous shrubs and plants around the property. Dozens of plants still in containers could be seen at the site Wednesday, waiting to be put in the ground.

The site at 7056 Sunrise Blvd. was formerly home to a multi-story bank building, which sat vacant for several years before being demolished last year.

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