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For a while now, we have watched construction crews busy at work on the land just east of I-5 and south of Cosumnes River Blvd.  During December 2016, I had the pleasure of announcing the opening of Cosumnes River Blvd, and gave you a glimpse of things to come.  And, now we are so close to the completion of the next phase of the Delta Shores development, that I can almost taste the movie theatre popcorn already.

But, what is this new development coming to our region?  Delta Shores is more than just a shopping center.  It is 800 acres of master-planned, mixed-use development, featuring both commercial and residential units.  Plans for the development include 1.3 million square feet of commercial space and more than 4,900 residential units.  The commercial development is projected to be completed in the latter half of 2017 and the residential development is expected to follow.

At the heart of the commercial development is 1.3 million square feet of premier shopping located just off I-5 at the Cosumnes River.  Anchored by a Wal-Mart Superstore, Regal Cinemas and RC Willey the shopping center is expected to provide an exquisite shopping and dining experience.  As the region’s largest new development, Delta Shores will offer a great blend of popular retailers such as PetSmart, Party City, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby, Ross, Ulta Cosmetics and more.  The center will also include a variety of casual dining options such as El Pollo Loco, In-In-Out, Sonic, Panda Express, Panera, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, The Habit and Jamba Juice.  And, the list of confirmed shops and services continues to grow each day.

With the addition of the new and expansive shopping center, many have questioned how the new center will impact the existing retail choices in our district.  The feedback and research that I have received from local developers and planning experts, has assured me that the new addition of Delta Shores will benefit our existing shopping centers just as much as the new center.  Many of our existing businesses have a very loyal customer base that is not likely to be lulled away by commercial chains.  Rather, it is more likely that the new businesses will attract new customers to the area – both to Delta Shores and to the surrounding retail venues.

Another concern that I often hear related to the Delta Shores is how this development will impact traffic.  I understand and very much appreciate this concern.  As the Sacramento region continues to grow in population and popularity, how this growth will impact our commutes is always a great concern for everyone. 

Fortunately, we have already begun many concurrent projects in effort to ease the potential strain on traffic caused by this expected population growth.  These projects include the completion of the Cosumnes River Blvd off-ramp and its connection to Highway 99, the extension of RT’s Blue Line and the completion of the Sacramento River Parkway, each of which would provide alternate routes and expanded transportation options.  Further, the staggered phases of development for Delta Shores should allow for traffic to adjust to the growth over time – rather than all at once.

The third concern often raised is how this development can be used to encourage economic growth in our community.  For this reason, Mayor Pro Tem Larry Carr and I have been working very closely with the development firm to ensure that there are employment opportunities available for local residents at every phase of the development – including with the new businesses in the shopping center. 

Making sure that this addition to our community is beneficial to our community in every aspect is a top priority.  I am excited about this new opportunity for growth, economic development and leisure for our community and I am encouraged by all the benefits it will bring.  The Delta Shores is a project by Melone Geier Partners, a private real estate investment company.  For more information about Delta Shores, visit their website at www.deltashoresacramento.com.