Comstock's magazine 0119 - January 2019 - Page 34

n TASTE The 14,000-square-foot Mill Marketplace will feature 8-10 food tenants once completed. What Broadway eateries do you frequent? TWEET US @COMSTOCKSMAG. 34 | January 201 9 Meanwhile, plans are underway to build a food market hall in the middle of The Mill. Lepore says the 14,000-square- foot space will feature 8-10 tenants. Craig Sherman, who’s lived with his wife, Amy, at The Mill for 18 months, says he’s excited about the market hall making a difference for livability, but worries if residents in the immediate area can support it on their own. Amy wonders when exactly it will open, saying, “I don’t see any work going on there.” (Lepore says the market hall will open in a couple of years.) Smith says that just over 300 of The Mill’s units have been built, with three more phases of construction and roughly 700 additional units planned. The Sacramento Housing and Redevelop- ment Agency would also like to rework the adjacent Marina Vista and Alder Grove public-housing complexes, adding market-rate housing. The City of Sacramento is crafting a West Broadway Specific Plan, which should be completed by summer, and has worked extensively in recent years to make Broadway more pedestrian-friendly as part of its Complete Streets effort. Hansen says the city has funding to make Broad- way one lane in each direction with a cen- ter turn lane from the river to 19th Street. Construction should start within the next year. That is welcome news to David Gull, owner of New Helvetia Brewing Company, which opened in 2013 at 18th and Broad- way. “Broadway was very much built as an auto corridor,” Gull says. In the past, Gull’s portion of Broadway had the more robust selection of restau- rants, with two Thai restaurants and an Ethiopian establishment in the immediate vicinity. Hansen concedes that the boule- vard in general hasn’t been a destination but says that with the Complete Streets project, “I think Broadway will become an end, in and of itself, and begin to really fill in.” Lepore sees potential, too. “For years, everything was so focused on Midtown,” she says. “We’re finally developing neigh- borhoods and districts.” R Street is a good model for West Broadway’s revitalization, Hansen says. Just as on R Street, where new housing like Warehouse Artist Lofts encouraged businesses to transform an old industrial corridor, a bustling amount of residential development along the western end of Broadway might bring in more businesses. “I’d say we’re seeing the early stages of it like we saw with R Street and then it’ll hit a tipping point, where all of a sudden, a lot of things will happen at once,” Hansen says. “So I would say the next 3-5 years, it is going to be a huge growth opportunity for Broadway.” n Graham Womack is a freelance writer based in Sacramento. Follow him on Twitter @grahamdude.