An old environmental cleanup site north of Sutterville Road in Sacramento is one step closer to being turned into home sites and retail stores.
It cost $25 million to move more than a million cubic yards of dirt from the Union Pacific rail yard site. The area has been officially removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's list of toxic sites.
Paul Petrovich is the developer of the Curtis Park Village project. After nearly a decade of work, he will now turn his focus full time to developing the site.
PETROVICH: "We have approval for 153 single family homes, 259,000 square feet of retail, 45 brownstone homes, 92 senior affordable housing units."
Because state law favors projects with mass transit components -and his has a $7 million walkway from the site to a light rail station- he won't have to perform all of the environmental impact studies required of other projects. State Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg wrote the law.
STEINBERG: "SB 375 is changing the face of, I think, of urban planning in California by saying, let's provide incentives for more infill, more transit-oriented development. And here it is."
The estimated cost of Curtis Park Village is $211 million. Petrovich says it will create 1600 construction jobs and 500 jobs in retail, entertainment, and physical fitness when the project is complete.