Sacramento Valley Station Spruces Up

s-sac-station-grand-opening-2-23-2017-55-of-1At 401 I Street, Sacramento looms a red-brick visual reminder of the city’s busy past, present and rosier future. Built in 1926, the 68,000 sq ft original Sacramento Valley Station was the terminal of the Central Pacific Railroad, designed by the San Francisco architectural firm of Bliss and Faville for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Renaissance Revival style.

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As part of a grand-scale plan for revitalizing downtown Sacramento, today the city celebrated the grand reopening of the Sacramento Valley Station, showcasing renovations and improvements including the addition of 25,000 square feet of mixed-use leasable space. Not merely a surface renovation, the building’s infrastructure received upgrades as well as new Amtrak offices.

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The new, old station improves the experience for rail and transit users and restores treasured features of the building. – City of Sacramento press release 2-20-2017

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Members of the media, city staff and workers attended an invitation-only event, arriving to the flowing sounds of jazz serenades, compliments of Dave Bass Music. Speakers included Congresswoman Matsui, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and City councilman Jeff Harris, with the event emceed by Sacramento Republic FC’s Erica Bjork. After the ceremony, the public was invited to tour the improvements.

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According to the city, Sacramento Valley Station’s complete makeover was possible thanks to a U.S. Department of Transportation’s $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program championed by U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui.

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Article by L. R. Styles, Photographer: Steven Styles/ Belator Media

Steinberg Bridges MLS Gap

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Photographer: Steven Styles/Belator Media

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is due credit, after facilitating 2 days of negotiations at the “Sacramento Soccer Summit” on behalf of Sacramento Republic FC fans and the city’s future.

According to a joint press release by Steinberg’s office this morning, Sacramento Republic FC and Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) have come to an agreement, in principle, regarding the acquisition of Sacramento Republic FC (SRFC) by Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) to “present a united front to Major League Soccer (MLS) during the upcoming expansion process.”

Under the agreement in principle, which–according to the released statement–was facilitated by Mayor Steinberg, and fomented after “two days of marathon negotiations”, Sacramento Republic FC will indeed be the name and brand of Sacramento’s potential MLS team.

“At long last, Sacramento stands before MLS as one team and one community,” said Kevin Nagle, Chairman and CEO of SSEH.

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Photographer: Steven Styles/Belator Media

Warren Smith and his current ownership group are projected to continue to own and operate the USL franchise until the start of MLS play; once the MLS team is officially formed, Kevin Nagle and SSEH will be the new owners of the team. Nagle and SSEH will continue to lead the MLS expansion bid process, including the proposed MLS stadium at the downtown Railyards.

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“On behalf of Sacramento Republic FC and all of its fans and supporters, I want to thank Mayor Steinberg for his leadership during these meetings,” said Warren Smith, President and Co-founder of Sacramento Republic FC. In the coming weeks, both parties are expected to draft and execute documents corresponding with the agreement in principle.

1-30-2017, SSEH submitted an expansion application to MLS on behalf of Sacramento and is considered a leading contender for the next MLS expansion teams to be awarded. MLS has stated that it intends to announce the next two expansion teams in 2017.

– Article by L. R. Styles; photographs by Steven Styles/ Belator Media