In The News: Natomas Eyesore

Tune in to New10 at 6 p.m. tonight for a report on the abandoned Sonic and TGI Fridays restaurant projects on Truxel Road. Says journalist Cristi Jessee, “I got the skinny on what exactly is going on there, and I don’t think people are going to be very happy about it!” Click here to see the report.


  1. Anonymous says

    We used to laugh at the ‘coming soon’ sign for TGI Friday’s that was up for about 4 years. Will be interesting to see what happened?

  2. Anonymous says

    If they aren’t going to continue with the building, can they at least knock down what is there now?

  3. Anonymous says

    This is an example of why, when and where rules should not always be to be set in stone. Moral and common sense should step in (the city, county BR laws, flood control and others)and let progress begin. What a better time to show government is working for the people, not against.

  4. Anonymous says

    With all due respect Ray, since when have the “rules” in Natomas been set in stone, especially as they relate to developers? Take a look at the original North Natomas community plan from 10 years ago and compare it the current landscape, and you’ll see shreds of “rules” littering the streets.

    I for one am glad to see that Tretheway finally grew a spine and told these guys where the rubber meets the road. So sad though, that it took him this long.

    Tear the damn things down and let someone else have a crack at it.


  5. Anonymous says

    I am wondering why Opus, the owner of the property has not made an effort to at least make the area more presentable, trim the weeds, a little clean up perhaps!!!

  6. Our best guess would be simple lack of cash since filing for bankruptcy several months ago.

  7. Speaking of empty fields full of grass, we were just talking about the Natomas Meadows development. How long before the entire field goes up in flames due to summer heat or intentional actions?

  8. I dont think Opus owns that property. It is outside of the bounds of the Natomas Marketplace.

  9. Anonymous says

    Dear Buzz,
    I just called Opus, they said Kobra owns the property where TGIF was to be built, and also they have not filed chapter 11, a community effort or city effort should start to clean up that mess. Opus said they too are unhappy with the blight there.

  10. Cristi Jessee says

    This is Cristi Jessee, the reporter who did the story. As I said in the story, Kobra Properties owns the land. I met with the corporate counsel for Kobra and they did file for Chapter 11 Nov. 25th of last year. They must pay the fees of nearly 400,000 by June 8th due to new federal flood restrictions in place. There are interested buyers in the property, but Kobra says the property is tied up in the reorganization of the company. It would have to be sold by June 8th anyway, due to the federal flood restrictions. They did say they are trying to come up with the money by June 8th, so we will just have to wait and see.
    Tretheway said the city will come in and take care of the weeds in the coming weeks.

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