The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved the framework for a $5 million “Northgate Boulevard Economic Recovery Plan,” which will provide the corridor with business and nonprofit support and improvements to physical infrastructure.
Financial support for the plan comes from the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for small business and commercial corridor revitalization, which was approved as part of the Mayor’s ARP spending framework.
“Working with the community to develop a spending framework for Northgate that will enhance safety, beautification and provide small business support has built a stronger neighborhood,” said Councilmember Jeff Harris, who represents the corridor and led the efforts to develop the plan. “I am certain that this significant investment will be a catalyst for even greater investment and improvements in the future.”
The Northgate Boulevard Economic Recovery Plan will provide:
- Small business and nonprofit grants to support small and micro businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Business support with commercial lease education workshops and training, corridor marketing and commercial landlord and tenant mediation services.
- Food-based businesses support to promote and support food-based business events, activate existing space for food trucks, support outdoor dining and provide technical assistance to small and micro food-based businesses.
- Traffic safety and infrastructure improvements such as replacing fencing, improving traffic signs and signals, and improving transportation networks for walking, biking and driving.
- Improve lighting to ensure public safety for residents and attract customers to businesses.
According to the Councilmember’s office, the plan incorporates extensive feedback and insight received from stakeholders, leaders, community-based organizations and business owners in the Northgate and Gardenland neighborhoods.
Several City departments including the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and Public Works are working execute the plan, and programs will be announced as soon as they are ready.
Mural Credit: Community Murals Sacramento, artist Beth Rubel.