Housing project on site of former House of Fashion building on J Street close to starting construction

After more than 61 years, the former House of Fashion retail building in Midtown Sacramento is headed for demolition soon.

Brendan Koon, principal at Vitae Architecture Planning Interiors in Sacramento, said a plan to redevelop the site at 2101 J St. into a five-story housing project is nearly ready to start.

“We’re very close to pulling the building permit,” said Koon, whose firm is the designer and architect of record for the project. “We’re going to work on it soon.”

Last year, Koon’s firm served as applicant for the proposal, a 44,727-square-foot building that would have 32 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom units. In addition to 1,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space, the building would have a 665-square-foot community meeting room.

Before that project starts, the existing House of Fashion building, empty since 2018, will have to come down. Koon said that work could get underway this year.

“That building is built like a tank,” he said. It also has a basement, so after demolition, the builder will need to fill in the basement before the project starts to rise out of the ground, he said.

Construction should take 18 to 24 months, he said, making it possible it’ll be completed by mid- or late 2025.

“It’s going to be a real crowd pleaser,” he said, adding it’ll definitely be an improvement over the blighted building there now.

A group called 2101 J St. Partners LLC, with a Sacramento address, bought the property at 2101 J St., about a third of an acre, in January 2022 for $2.5 million.

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