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Consultant's Findings May Undercut Plans For NBA Kings Arena

Cal Expo Consultant Says Arco Arena Is Not Usable As State Fair Expo Hall
Cal Expo consultant Andrew Plescia “has concluded it is not in the state’s best interest to move the State Fair to the current Arco Arena site -- advice that, if followed, would undercut plans for a new sports and entertainment arena” in downtown Sacramento, according to Tony Bizjak of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Plescia said that “selling 125 acres of the existing 350-acre Cal Expo site to developers likely would generate enough money for incremental improvements at the outdated 43-year-old fairgrounds.” But he wrote in his report released yesterday that “a complicated land swap -- designed to also finance a new arena in the downtown railyard for the Sacramento Kings -- is based on an optimistic market analysis that could expose the state to substantial financial risks.” Plescia’s report was “immediately countered by a dramatically revamped proposal from the development team that has been pushing to move the State Fair to the Arco site and to use the proceeds from selling and developing Cal Expo to help finance a new Kings arena.” Plescia in his report “lays out a series of suggested requirements for Cal Expo to follow should it consider a business arrangement with” Sacramento developer Gerry Kamilos, who is proposing the land swap. Plescia concluded that “the Arco site, as is, falls short on parking and multiuse outdoor space, and that Arco Arena is not usable as a State Fair expo hall.” The Cal Expo board is scheduled to review Plescia's report at a Sept. 24 meeting. NBA officials, “who have backed Kamilos’ land-swap plan, have said it's up to Sacramento officials to make it work” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 9/15).
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