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The Ice Blocks Cometh

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It is, by all appearances, and urban utopia. Come this spring, more than 500 people will work there, more than 200 will live there, and thousands more will dine and shop there. Its innovative tenant mix ranges from an insanely popular “doughnuterie” to a gourmet dog food shop and an internet-based boutique where you don’t…

Bay Area Favorite Philz Coffee Has New Home in Ice Blocks Project

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San Francisco’s famous Philz Coffee is opening their first Sacramento area shop in the R Street Corridor. “It’s a great fit. The space is great. The environment is inspiring and uplifting and comfortable and welcome. And that’s what Philz is all about,” said Philz Coffee CEO Jacob Jaber. It’s the first retail shop to open…

Retailer West Elm will anchor Sacramento’s Ice Blocks project

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BY CATHIE ANDERSON Developer Mike Heller will announce Monday that his Ice Blocks project in midtown Sacramento has signed on a signature retail tenant: West Elm, the contemporary home furnishings store owned by Williams-Sonoma, is set to open in mid-2018. “Not only is West Elm a great fit for Ice Blocks and all the…

2016 Best Real Estate Projects: HGA Architects and Engineers


by Danny King Sacramento Business Journal Sept. 30th, 2016 Sure, the brick exterior and five-foot-high loading dock at the old Capitol Wholesale Electric building presented a gritty but approachable facade taht could be refashioned for office use. And the R Street location presented an intriguing redevelopment opportunity in an area that’s emerging as a creative-services…

The Ice Man: Building Up From the Ashes

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After plans for a massive upgrade to the historic Crystal Ice and Cold Storage building went up in smoke, Mike Heller and his team were forced back to the drawing board – here’s how they forged ahead By Russell Nichols Nov. 7, 2015 The morning air smells like burning wood. It’s just after 5 a.m.…

New buildings to rise from ashes of Sacramento’s R Street ice plant

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By Ryan Lillis and Bob Shallit – Sacramento Bee A November fire destroyed a developer’s dream of converting a cavernous old warehouse into a hip new commercial center on Sacramento’s R Street corridor. Now developer Mike Heller is moving forward with plans for two modern glass-and-metal structures on the ground formerly occupied by the Crystal…

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