West Sacramento's growth is only just beginning.
The city is adding new businesses and housing developments as the demand for region continues to rise. The city is a bridge away from downtown Sacramento and the Capitol, but there's a lot to look forward to within city limits.
Here are 3 things to know about what's happening in West Sacramento:
West Sacramento's popular dim sum eatery, King's Restaurant, marked the end of an era and closed it doors for good last month after nearly 60 years in business. But as one chapter closes, another begins. The location, off West Capitol Ave., was quickly snatched up by the co-owners of Sacramento-area Zocalo restaurants, Ernesto Jimenez and Jimmy Johnson. The owners of the Mexican restaurant just closed escrow on the building and plan to open a smaller restaurant with a similar concept to their other two locations, according to Aaron Laurel, director of Economic Development for the City of West Sacramento.
Zocalo has a location in Midtown and at Roseville Parkway in the Fountains shopping complex in Roseville. A third location is planned to open by the end of the year at University Village at Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard.
The owners are also planning to use the West Sacramento location as a prep kitchen for other Zocalo restaurants, according to Laurel.
A massive warehouse in West Sacramento has officially hit the market. At 623,000 square feet, the building-- located at 3771 Channel Dr.-- is one of the biggest in the region, according to Laurel.
To give an idea of scale, the building is more than 10 football fields combined under one roof, according to Colliers International, the commercial real estate company behind the sale.
The company held an open house Wednesday, where brokers, developers and those interested visited the site and enjoyed a tour of the building. The idea is to attract a large company that will bring hundreds of jobs to the area. Sacramento is working to attract large companies to the region, but isn't constructing quick enough to make vacant buildings available to occupy within less than a year to 18 months.
The warehouse provides the unique opportunity for a large company to come into a building that is ready for business. The property has cold storage space and 10 acres of vacant property to build on, according to Laurel.
It also includes 15 acres for parking and yard space.
West Sacramento is launching a new rideshare program this spring in hopes of bringing innovation to the public transit system. The city formed a partnership with Via to provide shared rides for a flat fee comparable to the cost of a public transit ride. The one-year pilot program aims to relieve public transit riders of long bus routes and will offer an alternative to other ridesharing options such as Uber and Lyft, for people who don't see solo rides as a viable financial option.
Unlike Uber and Lyft, Via acts only as a shared ride option and uses an algorithm to create routes based off a network, instead of using a set route. The rideshare will be available only within city limits, but will also specialize in bringing riders to the city's transit center to catch a ride out of the city.
The Mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, told ABC10, Via is a "new form of public transit".
"The fundamentals of public transit are broken in cities outside of New York and San Francisco," said Cabaldon.
Via will serve to fit public transit in the 21st century, Cabaldon explained. Via will deploy a fleet of ten company-owned Mercedes-Benz vans into the city to pick up riders. The company chooses pick-up locations based on the algorithm network demand. The idea is to eliminate long walks to the bus stops and instead create pick-up locations that are closer to riders, such as a nearby corner.
The exact cost of a ride using Via isn't cut out yet but Cabaldon expects to see it at $2.25 to $2.50 a ride, similar to the cost of a bus ride. The mayor said he sees the possibility of a discount for riders using Via to get to the public transit center since the idea is to complement the current public transit.
While the goal isn't to eliminate buses all together, Via may replace some bus routes in neighborhoods where buses are only used by a few people, Cabaldon said.
Via hopes to serve people who already use the public transit system by helping cut down the commute time and also wants to reach people in the community who are not mobile enough to walk to a bus stop and need to call Paratransit. Cabaldon said, Paratransit can cost public agencies between $30 and $40 a ride. Via would save the city money by decreasing that cost.
The rideshare program is hoping to attract people who would like to use public transit, but choose not to because of the long routes. Via would be an incentive for people who want to get rid of their car or reduce the use of their car.
The pilot program will cost about $700,000 and is funded by a grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and voter-approved city transportation innovation funds, according to Cabaldon.
Riders can reserve a seat on Via using an app or through the phone.
The company currently operates in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.