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Visible demolition to begin at arena site

Posted August 13, 2014

 Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

The first truly visible demolition ofDowntown Plaza to most observers will begin Wednesday morning, with teardown of the buildings at 515 L St.

Live camera shots on work being done on the Sacramento Kings arena website will appear beginning at 7:30 a.m., and a viewing window for the public at 7th and K streets also is now open, according to an update sent by the city of Sacramento on Tuesday afternoon.

That visible demolition would begin at 5th and L is little surprise after demolition crews late last week began punching holes in the former Macy’s men's store at that site. Other work could be seen from a rooftop on Monday. The portion of the building closest to L was also the former home of the Preflite Lounge and was where officials with the city, Sacramento Kings, city and Turner Construction held a kick-off event for demolition Aug. 1.

The team and city will share more information on the demolition and subsequent construction of a new downtown arena on the same site at an open house on Aug. 25 at 660 J St., Suite 360. In addition to hearing presentations about timeline and stages, attendees will be able to ask further questions.

Reservations for the community open house can be made here.

Demolition and construction work also will affect traffic and public transit near the site on a temporary basis. Most of those affect truck deliveries to portions of Downtown Plaza and pedestrians; details on those changes can be found at the city’s website for the arena project.

Beginning this Saturday, new bus stops will begin at Ninth and L streets, Capitol between 7th and 8th streets, and 5th Street between Capitol and L, all replacing stops lost during the construction work.

By late summer or early fall, demolition of Downtown Plaza’s eastern half is set to be completed and foundation work will then begin for the new arena.