Hobby Lobby, Citrus Heights

Hobby Lobby to fill former Citrus Heights Toys R Us building

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Interior renovation of the 40,000-square-foot former Toys R Us store at 7800 Greenback Ln. in Citrus Heights has already begun, in preparation for Hobby Lobby opening a new store at the site.

Diane Gudahl, Hobby Lobby special projects manager, confirmed on Wednesday that a lease at the location was recently signed. The company’s press office said an opening date had not yet been set, but projected the store would open “some time in the fall of 2019.”

The store will be the second Hobby Lobby location in the immediate area, with the nearest store currently at 1815 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville. Toys R Us closed its Citrus Heights store last year on June 29, following the company filing for bankruptcy.

Property records show the former Toys R Us building was constructed in 1978 and sits on a five-acre parcel, with a large parking lot in the front. The property is owned by the Cordano family, which owns property and development companies in the Sacramento region…

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Watt Communities, Mitchell Farms

Site work to begin this spring on new 260-home development in Citrus Heights

Sentinel staff report–
Construction on Watt Communities’ massive 260-home development off Arcadia Drive and Fair Oaks Boulevard in Citrus Heights is anticipated to begin later this year, with completion of the first homes expected by 2020.

The 56-acre development, known as Mitchell Farms, will feature about 25 acres of open space parks and was approved by the Planning Commission and City Council last year. Watt Communities’ spokeswoman Diana Murphy told The Sentinel no grading or construction activity has begun yet at the site as of this month, but she said plans are being finalized and grading work is expected to begin in April, followed by construction several months later.

“We expect construction to begin in summer, but it really depends on how quickly the grading goes and all of the other things that go along with trying to [get started],” Murphy told The Sentinel on Friday. “It’s a huge project, so there’s a lot of T’s to cross.”

She said the development is the largest…

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