Citrus Heights is understandably concerned about the decline of Sunrise Mall, as discussed in our post last May. The new owners of the mall are out-of-state investors. Apparently having noticed how Sacramento County breathes new life into decayed malls, they want to put in fast food pads and gas stations along the streetside edges of the parking lot. The City of Citrus Heights has determined instead that the site needs a mixed-use redevelopment plan to transform the mall into a place where residents and visitors shop, work, live and play. There it is, “the vision thing”. Citrus Heights has it. Our community doesn’t. Try to imagine what Country Club Plaza, Country Club Center, Arden Creek Town Center, Town and Country Village, Howe ‘bout Arden, etc. etc. would be like if our Board of Supervisors - the elected officials in charge of land use and economic development in Arden Arcade - had “the vision thing”.
"So, all of our growth is through redevelopment and reuse. We have 100 acres of prime property, and we want it done right. We want it to last for generations to be a viable part of our community and provide services for generations to come."Jeanie Bruins, Mayor of Citrus Heights