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August 9, 2011
Design experts: Sacramento arena, transit hub can co-exist

A report by the Urban Land Institute has found that both a new sports arena and the city's planned transit hub could fit in land in the downtown railyard.

When designs for the proposed arena were unveiled in May, transit advocates quickly noticed that the plans called for the facility to be placed directly on the site of the planned $300 million transit hub, known by some as the intermodal facility. City planners hope to one day construct a hub for high-speed rail, light rail and buses.

But the ULI report says the two facilities not only could fit in the railyard - they could work well together.

Some issues will need to be addressed in order to squeeze both the transit hub and arena - along with a public plaza - into the railyard. The ULI report states that the transit hub would need to be moved a bit east to fit, requiring the acquisition of land owned by Inland American Real Estate, which owns the 240-acre railyard site.

The ULI report also agreed with arena planners and city officials that there is enough parking close to the arena that major new parking structures are not needed.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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