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New phase of Ice Blocks would add more housing, retail space

ICE Block, Press

Years after the Ice Blocks project on the R Street Corridor in Sacramento appeared to be completed, the developer has filed plans for a new phase.

Heller Pacific Inc. filed plans for a new six-story structure called Ice Box on what’s now a parking lot at 1701 R St., with 65 units, ground-floor retail and other features.

“A surface parking lot is not the highest and best use for such a prime location,” Heller Pacific CEO Mike Heller said in an email. “Just seems to make sense to maintain the public parking lot but add more apartments on top of a new concrete podium above. The more housing density the better in my view.”