North Franklin commercial district looks for reinvestment, with CVS on the way

North Franklin commercial district looks for reinvestment, with CVS on the way

A month after forming, members of a new community development corporation for the North Franklin neighborhood of Sacramento are compiling an extensive list of goals and projects to pursue.

Marti Brown, executive director for the North Franklin District Business Association, said starting with fundraising, the corporation aims to improve streetscapes, leverage public-private partnerships and develop more transportation connectivity.

A new CVS Pharmacy at 6401 Mack Road is being proposed.

“We’re planning the community development corporation’s work to take the place of what redevelopment used to do,” Brown said. “I think there’s a lot of optimism here.”

She said the corporation’s board also is drafting a community development plan with more details of the corporation’s goals, such as establishing bike lanes, new crosswalks and landscaping along North Franklin Boulevard. A mural project for some building walls is also being discussed, as well as both getting buses to serve nearby light-rail stations and the North Franklin corridor itself, Brown said.

“And there are opportunities with sites for additional development,” she said, especially mixed-income housing and new commercial businesses. “And I’d like to get a park. There isn’t really a place right now for community gatherings.”

Some new investment is already coming nearby, with a new CVS Pharmacy at 6401 Mack Road going before the city of Sacramento’s planning commission next week.

The 16,500-square-foot center, in a shopping center on the northwest corner of Mack Road and La Mancha Way, would take the place of two existing retail buildings on a 1.58-acre parcel, according to the staff report.

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