This was a glance at what downtown had proposed in September of 1988. Back then the Central
Library Tower was to be only 14 stories but later became 25. Also, you’ll notice
6 towers planned for the R Street Corridor. For the next two years neighborhood activist
like the Sacramento Old City Association and Environmental Council of Sacramento
asked to City to limit the size of high-rises proposed for the area and put a building
moratorium on the R Street Corridor area for a year till all concerns were addressed.
By late 1989 one of the proposals canceled their plans while California Capitol Center
downsized their projects in an attempt to meet opposition halfway. The California
Capitol Center went from 39 stories to 15, housing planned for the project was cut in
half to just over 200 units and the hotel portion was removed. By early 1990, this project
and another abandon their plans with the building moratorium still in place
and costs rising. By mid 1990, the city lift the moratorium putting additional fees
in place for all high rises built downtown but outside the central business district.