19J Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (2016)

The 19J Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA) project includes remove two existing commercial buildings totaling 9,780-square foot (sf), associated ancillary buildings, and concrete areas for the construction of a mixed use residential and commercial development.

General Details

The Project includes a 173-unit, 11-story, housing complex with approximately 7,000 sf of ground floor commercial and a second floor parking garage on the corner of 19th Street and J Street. The project met the requirements of a Transit Priority Project and qualified for SB 375 Streamlining. Raney, instead of an Initial Study, prepared an SCEA Initial Study. Key environmental issues from the proposed project included air quality, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, noise, public services, and transportation and circulation.

For cultural resources, Raney coordinated with the City of Sacramento Community Development Department to create mitigation measures to ensure the quality of neighboring historic buildings would not be degraded during the construction process and that if historical/cultural resources were discovered that construction would be halted for a professional archaeologist to examine the resources. Additionally, geology and soils were of concern based on the height of the proposed building. Transportation and Circulation was an issue of concern for the proposed project due to the impacts that would occur during construction. Raney coordinated with the City of Sacramento Community Development Department to come up with mitigation measures to help facilitate traffic / pedestrian flow during construction. Raney prepared the Public Review Draft SCEA Initial Study and the project has since been approved.