Task Force To Tackle Natomas Plan

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A replacement plan for the existing arena in Natomas, once a new sports and entertainment complex is built downtown, will likely be the focus of a new task force.

Mayor Kevin Johnson is expected to unveil today a 14-person committee charged with exploring reuse options for the site currently occupied by Power Balance Pavilion. The goal: to have a plan in place that will both create jobs and boost the Natomas economy when the Kings basketball team relocates to a new facility.

Johnson will be joined at his weekly press conference this morning in City Hall by representatives from the “Think BIG Sacramento” campaign, Natomas councilwoman Angelique Ashby, city Director of Community Development Max Fernandez, and Josh Wood from the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.

The Natomas Chamber of Commerce has lobbied city officials for months to develop a replacement plan for Power Balance Pavilion and not wait until the proposed downtown project is complete. Ashby has also advocated a plan for the Natomas site be a priority if a new arena is built elsewhere.

President Ed Koop repeated this plea last week after 14 regional chambers went on record endorsing the “Think BIG Sacramento” campaign to raise support and money for a new sports and entertainment complex downtown. Natomas business owners voiced fears of lost business, if the existing arena does close, during a recent door-to-door survey by city officials and the Sacramento Metro Chamber.

“Until a formal task force is in place to focus on a long-term economic solution for Natomas, the chamber will not provide a supporting letter,” Koop told THE NATOMAS BUZZ. “I’m hopeful that will be coming in the near future. “
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