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Project Overview

With the recent expansion & renovation of Sutter Medical Center in midtown Sacramento, Sutter Memorial Hospital in East Sacramento closed its doors on August 8, 2015, as jobs and services were consolidated into the new, larger facilities.

Sutter Memorial has served the region since 1937, delivering over 300,000 babies and advancing numerous medical innovations along the way. Built on what was then the “edge” of town, the 20-acre site now sits in the heart of East Sacramento, one of the city’s oldest and most cherished neighborhoods. Redeveloping the site—and knitting it into the fabric of such a distinct, architecturally rich community—will continue to sustain and support the legacy of this great institution.

“The closure of Sutter Memorial presents a unique opportunity to redevelop the site in a manner which complements and reconnects the existing neighborhood,” says Keri Thomas, regional director of community and government relations for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region.

To make this plan a reality, StoneBridge Properties, a subsidiary of Teichert Land Co., plans to develop the property in accordance with the entitlements and design plans approved by the City of Sacramento in April 2014. Like Sutter, Teichert has been deeply committed to the growth, health, and vitality of the Sacramento region for well over a century.

Progress and Legacy, Side-by-Side

In an intriguing contrast of progress and legacy, the recently renovated Sutter Medical Center sits adjacent to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. It is one of the most advanced medical facilities in the nation.

In the same spirit, the new Sutter Park Neighborhood builds upon the distinguished heritage of its East Sacramento surroundings, using the latest advances in architecture and design to provide homes that are greener, healthier, and more energy efficient.

Planning for the future. Preserving and honoring the legacy of the past.

That’s our commitment,

– StoneBridge Properties

The Neighborhood – Past & Future

The area that we know today as East Sacramento was established in the mid-1800s as Sutter Township and was home to some of the region’s most productive farms, dairies, orchards and nurseries. The first planned residential development began around 1910, growing significantly over the next two decades with the extension of trolley lines and the post-war boom in automobile ownership.

Sutter Memorial Hospital (known as Sutter Maternity at the time) was built in 1937 on what would become 51st and F Streets. Although the area is now densely populated with homes and businesses, the hospital previously sat on the outskirts of town, until the community, over many years, gradually grew and settled around it.

The histories of East Sacramento, Sutter, and Teichert are intertwined, and in many ways, interdependent. If you walk through the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital, you’ll still see “A. Teichert & Son” stamped into the concrete sidewalks.

East Sacramento has seen tremendous change since its origins as Sutter Township. The farms and orchards of the past are gone, but the streets are still lined with some of the oldest, most magnificent trees in the city.

What also remains is a strong, vibrant sense of community. Residents greet each other on the sidewalks and in parks, neighborhood gatherings are common, and multiple generations often live on a single block.

Historian Paula Peper observes in her report, Sutter Township: Connections Through Time, the communal nature of East Sacramento:

“East Sacramento was and is a community in the best sense of the word—people sharing a common historical heritage through the evolution of their lands, their neighborhoods. It is a nest, a safe, healthy place to grow up, to raise families, to grow old. Change has been no easier here than it is anywhere, but what has evolved here is integrity of place.”

The new Sutter Park Neighborhood honors that integrity of place, preserves it, and—through contextual architecture, diverse, multigenerational housing, and parks and open spaces that invite interaction—adds to it.

A Community Process

Transitioning from a neighborhood with such a distinguished history, identity, and character is both a great challenge and a great responsibility. To prepare, the team at Sutter and StoneBridge Properties hit the books—and the streets.

Working with locally renowned historian Paula Peper, we at StoneBridge thoroughly researched the site in order to better understand its origins and lineage—socially, culturally, and ecologically. This report supplements two other books we’ve published on Sacramento, Sacramento Park Neighborhoods and Sacramento’s Park Neighborhood Trees, which are part of an insightful series called “Roots of the Past.”

(You might ask, why does a development company devote so much time to publishing books? Because we believe that by studying remarkable and historic neighborhoods, we can identify the enduring characteristics which can be replicated in the development of new neighborhoods.)

We’ve also done extensive community outreach, talking with—and actively listening to—residents, neighborhood groups, and planning officials about their love for this neighborhood, their hopes for its future, and their concerns for how redevelopment will affect it.

In response to these community talks, Sutter and StoneBridge incorporated significant neighborhood feedback into the development plan that was approved by the City of Sacramento in April 2014. “We will continue our outreach through the demolition and development process,” says StoneBridge president, Randy Sater. “Keeping the neighborhood up to date is critically important to us.”

Central to this plan is a set of design guidelines—for homes, open spaces, street patterns, and more—that sit comfortably, familiarly even, within East Sacramento’s existing aesthetics. And more than just fitting in to the surroundings, the new Sutter Park Neighborhood includes innovative parks, walkways, and other public amenities, while substantially reducing the levels of traffic that are now generated by the hospital.

As we like to remind one another, it’s about reconnecting the neighborhood.

Design Plans

The approved plan for the new Sutter Park Neighborhood includes 100 to 125 homes designed in iconic East Sacramento fashion. This includes a mixture of classic architectural styles, from traditional park homes and cottages to mixed-use housing. Secondary units over garages also provide opportunities for flexible, multigenerational living.

Approved Schematic Plan

Sutter Park Neighborhood homes have the charming, period look of their East Sac brethren, demonstrating the diversity of architecture found throughout the community. Utilizing the latest advances in building technology and sustainable design, Sutter Park Neighborhood homes are green, healthy, and efficient, consuming just a fraction of the energy of older structures.

But it’s not only the homes that make this neighborhood so appealing—it’s what happens when you open the door and step outside. Tree-canopied sidewalks and paths invite walking and bicycling. Accessible parks and common areas encourage gatherings, both planned and spontaneous. Functional (not faux) porches prompt a neighborly wave to passersby.

Even the street patterns are thoughtfully planned for ease of circulation (including on foot and bicycle, not just by car) with multiple points of connection to the surrounding neighborhood.

All of these details, framed by a carefully crafted and implemented set of design guidelines, form the pillars of a new neighborhood that feels right at home in East Sacramento.

Approved Design Guidelines

Download Summary of Approved Design Guidelines (PDF)