The Sacramento Old City Association promotes preservation and enhancement of the quality of life for Sacramento’s residents, businesses, and visitors, working to Increase awareness of the irreplaceable historic, architectural and cultural resources of the City
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SOCA HISTORY AND ACTIVISM
The Sacramento Old City Association (SOCA) formed in 1972, when Sacramento residents banded together to form a downtown advocacy group to protect the city’s architectural charm and character. Since that time, SOCA has advocated on behalf of the city’s historic neighborhoods, commercial properties and civic landmarks to ensure Sacramento remains a cultural center for the region.
SOCA is an all volunteer organization, whose members devote their time to increasing public awareness of the irreplaceable historic and cultural resources of the city. Other activities include advocating policies that ensure a quality urban environment that is respectful of our historic buildings and traditional neighborhoods.
ALERT: New Helvetica Historic District Proposed for Demolition
The Sacramento Housing Authority (SHRA) is currently planning to demolish the collection of low-income housing known as Alder Grove Housing Community. This collection of buildings has been evaluated by a professional environmental consultant and determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
SHRA has proposed to build commercial space on the Broadway frontage, with some “mixed” housing including a mix of market-rate and subsidized housing behind the commercial strip.
Read the New Helvetia-Survey which determined:
“The New Helvetia Historic District appears to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A and Criterion C. Contextually, it relates to the multiple property historic context, “Public Housing in the United States, 1933-1949” because (1) it was built in 1942 during a discrete era in the development of federal public housing programs; (2) it is associated with the earliest federal efforts to assist local communities in slum clearance and low-rent housing construction, and (3) it is associated with federal efforts to alleviate severe housing shortages in important industrial centers during World War II. The historic district has significance at the local level in the areas of community development, politics/government, social history, and architecture. Its significance in the specific area of community planning stems from the fact that as a public housing project, it was designed to alleviate a persistent housing shortage in Sacramento among low-income residents at the end of the Great Depression, as well as defense workers during World War II.”
Demolishing these buildings would be a severe loss for Sacramento’s low income housing stock and a significant impact to Sacramento’s built environment under the California Environmental Quality Act.