Friday, August 12 2022

There is another large building under construction for downtown Sacramento. And this one will replace a beloved community library.

Anthem Properties of Vancouver, British Columbiafiled an application with the City of Sacramento to construct a seven-story apartment building on the north side of the 900 block of S Street.

To make way for the building, Beers Books will be demolished. But lovers of the old bookshop where readers have been buying, selling and exchanging for decades can be reassured: the store is moving a few blocks away.

Andy Naify, the store manager, said the store will move to 712 R St. Renovation work on that site will begin once the current tenant moves out and Beers Books is expected to open there “in the first quarter of 2023”, did he declare. .

Beers Books has been around for about 80 years and has been in its current location since 2003, Naify said. The shop has already moved “at least three times”, he said.

Anthem is a major player in local development. The company has two large apartment buildings under construction in the downtown area: 15S, a 137-unit building on 15th and S streets, and Cathedral Square, a six-story project on the 1000 block of J Street, long destroyed.

Riaan De Beer, Anthem’s vice president of development, said earlier this year that the company’s aggressive plans for the city – as well as broader interest in the urban core – “is not an anomaly momentary”.

“Our long-term vision is to have thousands of units on the rental market, not hundreds,” De Beer said.

The latest project at 905 and 925 S St. will include 44 studios, 90 one-bedroom apartments, 50 one-bedroom units with dens and 41 two-bedroom apartments, according to the company’s application to the city. Jenna Anderson, a spokeswoman for the company, said the current buildings will be demolished next year – construction could begin soon after if the city approves the work.

The new building will also have 6,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor facing the corner of 10th and S streets.

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