Craft beer, citrus heights breweries, permit

Citrus Heights seeks to attract craft breweries; drops permit req

Following the growing popularity of craft beer in the region, the City of Citrus Heights is seeking to attract brew pubs to its commercial areas by amending zoning codes and removing a previously required $5,400 regulatory permit for small breweries.

“Brew pubs are the most popular trend to introduce locally brewed beer to a community,” said Citrus Heights Associate Planner Alison Bermudez in a press release issued by the City this month. “We wanted to encourage new and expanding breweries to make Citrus Heights their home and become part of our vibrant community.”

Now only requiring a simple business license from the City in order to open up shop, a brew pub would previously have had to acquire a “use permit” from the City — a three to five month-long process involving a public hearing, planning commission approval, and an approximate $5,400 permit cost…

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New McDonald’s to relocate in Citrus Heights shopping center

The Fair Oaks McDonald’s at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue is currently located just a few feet outside Citrus Heights city limits, but if things go as planned, the fast-food restaurant will soon be relocating across the street to the new Citrus Heights shopping center under development.

McDonald’s spokesperson Natalie Aronson said the decision was made due to the current facility outgrowing its capacity over the past 20 years, and the new location promises to feature a larger, modern design and site plan.” She said the new store will be almost 900 square feet larger than the existing facility.

McDonald’s will join Smart & Final and several other restaurants to make up the new shopping plaza under construction at the old Capital Nursery site on Sunrise Boulevard…

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Sunrise memory care center, citrus heights

New Sunrise Blvd memory care center under construction

Construction began last week on a new 48-bed memory care facility on Sunrise Boulevard, with the completed project set to include a large courtyard and water features, along with protection for a 400-year-old oak tree identified on the property.

Located just north of Highland Avenue near the FoodMaxx shopping center, the new “Courte at Sunrise Oaks” memory care center plans to provide round-the-clock care for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to Citrus Heights Planning Commission documents. The 32,000-square-feet facility will include a common dining and gathering space, as well as a fully functional kitchen for preparing and serving meals.

The 2.8-acre site project was approved by planning commissioners in January, with conditions including a requirement to install meandering sidewalks along Sunrise Boulevard and three new LED street lights…

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Citrus Heights development, auburn blvd

New Citrus Heights retail, restaurants planned for Auburn Blvd

Wondering what’s coming to those long-vacant lots in front of the Auburn Boulevard Costco and Walmart?

After many years of vacancy, development is finally underway on the 10-pad, 12-acre zone along Auburn Boulevard, with Citrus Heights Planning Commission documents showing plans for two new restaurants and a number of smaller retail stores to complete the area known as the “Auburn Commerce District.”

New construction in the commercial-zoned district is governed by the Stock Ranch Guide for Development, passed by the city council in…

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Local nonprofit offers small biz owners free classes, mentoring

Calling itself ‘the premier small business mentoring service,’ a nonprofit association of volunteer business advisers has been training entrepreneurs and small business owners through its 300 chapters nationwide – including one based in Citrus Heights.

With a goal of helping entrepreneurs launch or grow their business, the SCORE Association says it has helped over 10 million entrepreneurs since 1964, offering free courses on everything from Quickbooks training to writing a business plan and developing effective marketing strategies.

By entering a name, email and zip code on SCORE’s website, entrepreneurs and business owners can gain immediate access to a diverse range of free online workshops – with popular titles like “10 Things Every Website Must Have to Drive Sales,” and “Social Media 101: Raise Awareness and Engage Customers.”

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ReUseIt, donation, center, station, citrus heights

For-profit donation center benefits local non-profits

Updated April 25, 11:42 p.m. —
You’ve probably seen them near the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Antelope Road – big green and black signs with huge white letters advertising a donation drop-off center.

The “ReUseIt” donation center in Citrus Heights was the first location the company opened back in 2012, according to Stuart Bassett, who’s worked at the Auburn Boulevard location since its grand opening.

A big emphasis for the company is its support of local charities, as indicated by its mission statement and the hard-to-miss “LOCAL” written in capital letters on almost all of the company’s marketing material.

“You know where your money’s going,” said Bassett…

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Half Price Books to open new Citrus Heights store on June 25

Updated Apr. 3, 7:50 a.m.–
Citrus Heights will be getting a new bookstore on Greenback Lane this summer, with Half Price Books planning to open its first Sacramento-region store in the Citrus Town Center.

“We’ve long heard from our customers and fans there was a need for a Half Price Books in the Sacramento area,” said the company’s California District Manager Matt Dalton in an email interview with The Sentinel this week.

With its first store opening in 1972, the new-and-used bookstore brand has expanded locations to 16 states, promising almost everything at “half the publisher’s price or less,” according to the company’s website.

Despite the bankruptcy of bookstores like Borders in the digital age, Half Price Books is bucking the trend and opening new stores in Texas and Ohio this year as well, according to Dalton…

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