SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Homeless services, affordable housing and a park could be heading to south Sacramento following the city's acquisition of property in the area.
On Friday, Jan. 21, city officials said in a press release the city has purchased the former site known as the Sacramento Job Corps Center site, this piece of property was declared excess property by the U.S. Department of Labor last year.
The 102-acre property is located at 3100 Meadowview Road and was purchased for $12.3 million.
"I’m proud to have led the work to ensure the City of Sacramento secured this property to ensure residents in south Sacramento get their fair share of equitable investments," Councilmember Mai Vang, who represents the District 8, said in a press release.
City leaders said they will listen to community members as their plans for the property develop, but some Meadowview residents are skeptical, questioning why the safe parking site has to go into their neighborhood and not one of Sacramento's wealthier districts.
"It’s always the south because, it’s probably one cheaper, and two easier to do because people wouldn’t be so resistant to it," said 27-year-old Edgar Ramirez, who has lived in the neighborhood for all of his life.
"They don't want to deal with it either, so why not put it on people who can't afford to move?" said Dejiaa Gordon.
With close proximity to two Regional Transit light rail services — the Morrison Creek Station and the Meadowview Station— the city envisions using a portion of the purchased property as a space where those living in their cars can safely park and receive services.
"This acquisition is the first of several breakthroughs we expect to announce soon in our ongoing effort to create more safe spaces, beds and roofs for people experiencing homelessness," Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in the release.