West Sac gives state 43 acres for $100M In­dian Her­itage site

The Sacramento Bee - - Local - BY MICHAEL MCGOUGH mm­c­[email protected]

The West Sacra­mento City Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously this week to ap­prove the trans­fer of a river­front prop­erty to al­low the state to build a $100 mil­lion Cal­i­for­nia In­dian Her­itage Cen­ter.

About a decade in the mak­ing, the planned her­itage cen­ter re­ceived a mas­sive boost this May, when Gov. Jerry Brown’s fi­nal bud­get set aside the nine-fig­ure sur­prise — even city lead­ers and Na­tive Amer­i­cans ad­vo­cat­ing for the project since 2008 did not know about the wind­fall un­til the bud­get was re­leased.

The 43-acre prop­erty cur­rently known as the East River­front Prop­erty had been owned by the city’s Re­de­vel­op­ment Agency since 1997. For­mer projects con­sid­ered on the prop­erty in­cluded a pri­vate high school and the Gov­er­nor’s res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to an agenda re­port ac­com­pa­ny­ing the coun­cil’s Wed­nes­day vote.

The state, through the Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation and Pub­lic Works Board, have also agreed to fund and build a bike path and pedes­trian walk­ways on the river­front.

The project is on the agenda of a Dec. 14 Pub­lic Works meet­ing for the next phase of state ap­proval.

The Cal­i­for­nia In­dian Her­itage Cen­ter Task Force in May 2007 called the river­front prop­erty a “pre­ferred lo­ca­tion” for a state park ded­i­cated to Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory.

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