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By Mike Hazlip–
Construction continues to move forward in a new 56-acre community in Citrus Heights where more than 250 homes will be built.
The project, now known as Mitchell Village, is located off Arcadia Drive and Fair Oaks Boulevard, where the former Sunrise Golf Course was once operated. As a 98% built-out city, a development of this size is unusual for Citrus Heights.
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Senior director of public relations for KB Home, Craig LeMessurier, told The Sentinel in an email Friday the home builder is planning to open model homes and a sales center in early December. A pair of two-story homes can be seen nearing completion, off Fair Oaks Boulevard.
LeMessurier named three communities for home buyers in the new development: Heritage at Mitchell Village, Canyon at Mitchell, and Oaks at Mitchell. Floor plans for the Heritage community will range from about 1,600 to 2,300 square feet. Canyon and Oaks at Mitchell homes will range from about 1,300 to 2,200 square feet.
Construction at the site saw a “temporary slowdown” at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, LeMessurier said, but Mitchell Village remains on track. The shift in people working from home as a result of stay-at-home orders did prompt the builder to include a home office as an option for all new homes.
“In this private work space, homeowners can host online presentations or small in-person meetings and boost their productivity,” LeMessurier said, calling it a first for the Sacramento area. He said the new “Home Office” will include a built-in workstation with generous counter and cabinet space as well as large open shelving for displays, books, files and other accessories.”
Following the completion of Mitchell Village’s model homes, additional homes are anticipated to be completed Summer 2021, LeMessurier said. Several streets throughout the development have already been paved.
The project includes the installation of a new roundabout to serve as the main entrance for homes off Arcadia Drive, where the street makes a sharp turn near Scott’s Affordable Care Care. One direction of traffic is currently closed, as contractors finish the roundabout.
Planners expect the new traffic flow will help slow vehicle speeds and enhance access into the neighborhood.
A popular aspect of the Mitchell Village project, formerly called Mitchell Farms, has been the large amount of open space incorporated in the development, as a large swath down the middle of the acreage must remain undeveloped due to a 100-year flood plain associated with Arcade Creek. Under an agreement with the Sunrise Recreation and Parks District, the undeveloped acreage will become part of the parks district.
The park will also connect with a future 2.9-mile trail the city is planning, and residents will be within close walking distance to shopping in the Sunrise MarketPlace business district.
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