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Downtown Commons

Sacramento, CA

Redevelopment of the former Westfield Downtown Plaza in downtown Sacramento into Downtown Commons (“DoCo”), a 1,000,000 SF mixed-use development surrounding Golden 1 Center, home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. The project was developed in a joint venture with the Sacramento Kings and was designed to leverage activity from the 17,500-seat Arena and its CBD location four blocks from the State Capitol Building.

  • 300K SF of new retail space
  • New 250-key Kimpton Hotel
  • 45 luxury condo units
  • 120K SF office refurbishment
  • 35K SF state-of-the-art Sacramento Kings Class A office space
  • 332K SF Macy’s full-line department store refurbishment

Asset Type

Arena-Anchored Mixed-Use






1,000,000+/- SF


  • King’s office sold: 2017
  • Condos sold: 2018-2019
  • 660 J Street sold: 2020

Key Investment Thesis

Leverage the adjacency to the new Golden1 Center, home to the Sacramento Kings, and prime location in the heart of Sacramento’s CBD, to develop a regionally transformative lifestyle mixed-use project that would deliver significant premiums over the then-current market rental rates, hotel room rates, and residential sales per SF.

  • Strategic Location near Traffic Drivers:
    • Golden1 Center Visitation – 200+ Arena events per year / 1,700,000+ visitors, including 42+ Kings games, concerts, family shows, community-oriented events, and other sporting events.
    • Daytime population – 95,000 weekday office population
    • Access – Two blocks from Interstate 5 (nearly 200,000 vehicles per day), four blocks from the regional train depot / future multimodal transit center and served by bus and light rail lines.
  • Retail – position as the dominant entertainment, shopping and dining destination in the urban core leveraging Golden1 Center visitors, office worker population, and proximity to surrounding affluent communities
  • Kimpton Sawyer Hotel – positioned as Downtown Sacramento’s rate and luxury leader, focused on the customer base and active environment derived from Arena events and an NBA affiliation in an already strong occupancy market.
  • Residences at the Sawyer – develop a residential product that did not previously exist in the market including high rise views, hotel amenities, and a prime downtown location. There is no other competitive Residential luxury product in the market.
  • Office – build to suit state-of-the-art office to house Sacramento Kings business operations, adding to the daytime population for the project

JMA Value Creation

Downtown Commons has been a catalyst for redefining downtown Sacramento. It has transformed the once-blighted area into a fully-activated, vibrant urban core that promotes foot traffic and collaboration. JMA Ventures worked closely with the Sacramento Kings to create an ecosystem for the Kings’ organization that includes the Kings Arena, practice facilities, Class-A office headquarters, merchandise stores, and ancillary uses while also incorporating other private uses that coexist and complement their operations. JMA’s roles included the following:
Master developer for the entire entertainment sports complex and developer for the mixed-use components
Performed acquisition diligence of site
Managed development and construction
Hired and managed design team to deliver the project with favorable economics
Delivered hotel partnership with national hotel operator
Led construction financing and take-out financing efforts
Provided overall asset management, including retail & office leasing, and financial oversight