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February 15, 2013
Murals to add artistic touch to K Street as area awaits development

Looking to tap into the city's burgeoning mural scene, downtown officials are seeking entries from artists willing to provide a cosmetic upgrade to a blighted corner of K Street.

The Downtown Mural Project, launched by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, will result in up to 14 murals being placed on walls surrounding a vacant stretch of the 800 block of K streets, where previous buildings collapsed or were demolished. For the last few years, a fence standing at that corner has been draped with an advertisement for downtown activities.

"The murals on the 800 block are the start of a conversation with the community and a way to make small--albeit cosmetic--short-term changes in the physical environment," said Michael Ault, the executive director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

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That corner is at the center of the city's redevelopment effort on K Street's most downtrodden stretch. The city spent years - and millions of dollars - acquiring properties on the 700 and 800 blocks of K Street before granting them to two development teams in 2010.

But work has been slow on the blocks as financing became difficult to find during the economic downturn and redevelopment dollars disappeared.

Bay Miry, whose D&S Development is partnering with CFY Development on a plan to bring 137 apartments, restaurants and retail to the 700 block, said the work is beginning to gain momentum and that construction could begin this summer.

The development teams are in the process of securing financing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the housing in the project. Once that is in hand, Miry said he is confident financing for the retail elements of the development will become available as well.

Among the entertainment spaces planned for the 700 block are a music venue and bar operated by the group that owns the Shady Lady Saloon on R Street.

Restaurants are also in the plans for the block and Miry said he has interest in operating venues from local chefs Adam Pechal (of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en and currently competing on ABC's "The Taste") and Billy Ngo (executive chef and owner of Kru sushi in midtown).

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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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