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 The Washington District



The Washington District (Washington) is an urban 194-acre historic district located on the West Sacramento riverfront within a mile of downtown Sacramento. The area is designated for pedestrian-oriented, transit served development due to its large commercial developments and proximity to downtown Sacramento employment centers. Revitalization plans feature 3,300 residences, 2.4 million square feet of commercial office and 350,000 square feet of retail.

In 2015 the City received an Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant from the California Strategic Growth Council to improve and enhance pedestrian and bicycle circulation and combined it with local funds to rehabilitate and upsize underground infrastructure.  The video shows the above ground transformation of the District--wider continuous sidewalks, historic street lights, new landscaping, new businesses and public art.  The City will be releasing a master developer RFP for a large parcel in the District summer of 2019. 


The Bridge District


The Bridge District  is a waterfront orientated urban mixed-use district located along the West Sacramento side of the Sacramento River. This district includes recreational amenities such as River Walk Park, Raley Field, Mill St. Pier, The Barn, and the newly installed Subtile art piece. The housing market is booming with the addition of Capitol Yards, Park Moderns, Habitat apartments, and the newly constructed 980 Central apartments. At development capacity, The Bridge District has the potential to house 12.5 million square feet of residential and commercial development (5,210 residential units and 7,290,000 square feet of commercial development). For more information on development opportunities, please contact Economic Development.  

301 D St. Apartments

301 D St.

Economic Development and Housing staff facilitated a 40 unit, four story multifamily project at 301 D Street. Designed by De Bartolo and Rimanic Design Studio on behalf of the owner American National Investments, the project includes multi-level loft units and large outdoor terraces on the upper floors. The primary exterior materials are brick veneer, tile and black and white stucco. The project is located in the historic Washington District and has a density of 91 dwelling units to the acre. A total of 16 off street parking stalls and six motorcycle parking spaces are provided on site with additional on street parking is provided along D Street.


Pioneer Bluff and Stone Lock

rendering of future of stone lock facility

Pictured: Rendering of a repurposed Stone Lock facility

Pioneer Bluff consists of approximately 125 acres of Sacramento riverfront property situated along a one-mile stretch of South River Road. It is part of West Sacramento’s planned urban waterfront and is one of the prime riverfront redevelopment opportunities in the region. Since incorporation in 1987, the City of West Sacramento has articulated its vision for an urban riverfront.  In 1990 the City designated Pioneer Bluff for high density mixed-use development in its General Plan. This vision was reiterated in the 2003 Riverfront Master Plan and strengthened in 2004 with a land use policy that prohibits the establishment, expansion, or replacement of non-conforming industrial uses in Pioneer Bluff.  

River Crossing Public Art in the Washington District

Inside Posters 

In a unique collaboration, the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento, in partnership with the Crocker Art Museum, is currently developing a master plan for public art and cultural gathering, entitled “River Crossing”, that will connect the two cities along a portion of the Sacramento River. Funding for the plan comes from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Our Town grant program, which “supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design.”

The two cities will develop a comprehensive plan for public art and arts experiences that will connect downtown Sacramento and the Washington District of West Sacramento by creating pedestrian-friendly pathways linking art, entertainment, employment and recreation with new residential development along the Sacramento riverfront.

In case you missed our first outreach event on Saturday, August 4th 2018, here are some highlights. Sacramento artist Irubiel Moreno painted a beautiful mural on the doors of the Parrish garage at 422 C Street in the Washington District. For business inquiries regarding the garage, please contact Diane Richards.

Mill Street Pier

Mill St Pier 2

The Mill Street Pier
was built in 1957 by the National Rice Mills for River transport of agricultural products.  After Rice Mill operations ceased, the Pier fell into disrepair. In 2010 partnerships with the Unger and Ramos Families and Fulcrum Property enabled the city to acquire land to create River Walk Park. In May 2013, the City entered into a contract with GHD for design of the rehabilitation project and securing the Central Valley Flood and Fish and Wildlife Permits. The Economic Development department is currently working on revitalization of the pier through the installation of a multi-dimensional moving sculpture floating off the Mill Street Pier by Brooklyn artist Janet Zweig entitled"WEST".

Riverfront Outdoor Art

Pictured: "Subtile" art piece located at West Sacramento's Riverfront

West Sacramento's Riverwalk will continue to integrate new dynamic public art with grants including National Endowment of the Arts and from developers of the Bridge District. For more information, please click here.