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After about two years of waiting and watching, the good news finally came today:


Construction to begin on downtown high-rise

By Jon Ortiz -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:43 pm PDT Thursday, September 8, 2005


Construction crews will break ground in two weeks on Downtown Sacramento's first high-end office project in more than a decade, said developer David S. Taylor.

The project, dubbed Six Twenty-One Capitol Mall for its location just three blocks from the state Capitol, will be a 25-story steel-and-glass tower and should be completed in about 2 years.

Downey Brand LLC, one of the region's biggest law firms, has signed a lease to move from its current offices at 555 Capitol Mall into Taylor's high-rise in 2008. Two other firms, whom Taylor declined to name Thursday, also have signed contracts. That would bring the total preleased space to about 35 percent of the building's rentable 366,000 square footage.

The site of the building is a vacant half-block parcel known as Lot A, bordered by 7th Street on the east, L Street on the north, Capitol Mall on the south and another city-owned parcel on the west.

"It's the last undeveloped block in the downtown area," said Michael Ault, executive director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. "We'll definitely see momentum from this project spin into more development in the area."

Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum of San Francisco are the buildiing architects. Hensel Phelps Construction Co., based in Greeley, Colo., is the general contractor.





     
     
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There's a pretty cool promo video on the website also for anyone who's interested.

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Glad to see this one coming to fruition finally. Good stuff.
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Finally is right. There was such a lag from when it was approved (last summer) until this announcement, that it was figured to be dead.
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The illumination at night is going to be awesome.
The top will roll through over 200 different colored lights schemes.
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The lot in the render is actually a project breaking ground at the same time.

     
     
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How tall will it be, again?
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Last that was hear was "around 400 feet", so it's almost anyone's guess, until something else comes out. Kinda strange if you ask me.
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Last that was hear was "around 400 feet", so it's almost anyone's guess, until something else comes out. Kinda strange if you ask me.
What does the EIR say the height is?

I think with the roof that it's equivelent to a 29 or 30 story building.
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In the EIR it says "the phase I (612CM) of the office building
will be 25 floors Class A office tower, 400 feet to the top
of the architectural element"
     
     
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The illumination at night is going to be awesome.
The top will roll through over 200 different colored lights schemes.
That is really goon news. We have that at Target Plaza in Minneapolis. It is fun to watch.
     
     
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In the EIR it says "the phase I (612CM) of the office building
will be 25 floors Class A office tower, 400 feet to the top
of the architectural element"

How tall is Aura? In earlier renderings it shows Aura towering over 621.
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The illumination at night is going to be awesome.
The top will roll through over 200 different colored lights schemes.
That is really goon news. We have that at Target Plaza in Minneapolis. It is fun to watch.
Stephenapolis, you wouldn't happen to have any pictures of the Target Palza at night would you? I'm curious to see how it might look.
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In the next few days, I'll get over to the site to get some shots
before the parking lot turns to dirt.
     
     
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In the next few days, I'll get over to the site to get some shots
before the parking lot turns to dirt.

Have they closed off the surface parking lot yet?


I'm curious if there going to excavate the whole block since Aura will be going up soon after 621.
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^ Nope... not yet. As of today cars are still parking in the lot.
     
     
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Well, it's almost been a week since we got the 2 weeks notice, so something will have to be done soon.
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Dammit, get those cars out of there. And I noticed some stay overnight. So it might take a few days ? I'll get the tow trucks and fence ready.
     
     
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