Envision O Street: A Community Planning Process to Transform the Streetscape

Imagine a rejuvenated O Street of residential, commercial and cultural places connecting the State Capitol Campus to the newly-completed R Street.

CADA is engaging the community in order to generate meaningful input that can guide O Street design elements and solutions.  If you care about O Street and its future, join the conversation on our Facebook page.  Search for Envision O Street

On June 28, 2018 CADA hosted an outdoor pop-up workshop to introduce the O Street Project to the public and invite public comment on the pros and cons of the street and what might be done to improve it.

On October 3, CADA hosted two community workshops to seek feedback on the emerging streetscape design being prepared by consultant MIG.

From December 2018 through June 2019, MIG conducted an online survey for CADA to present the emerging design to a wide audience of stakeholders, including State workers, businesses, residents and others, and to seek specific feedback on an emerging draft design framework.  CADA received responses from more than 170 individuals who provided over 1,500 individual comments.  The vast majority of the comments were supportive of the emerging design.

In July 2019, the O Street Steering Committee met to review the survey results and to provide suggestions to MIG and CADA concerning which segments of the street should receive priority attention.  This guidance will help MIG prepare an implementation plan for inclusion in the O Street Streetscape Concept Plan, which will be the final product to emerge from the O Street planning effort.

The final draft of the Concept Plan should be finished in August 2019.

Envision O Street June 28 Workshop Summary


O Street connects the State Capitol Campus, several State offices, light rail stops, various high-density residential projects, and pockets of local retail opportunities. However, a lack of strong connection and identity between these various nodes of activity have left O Street feeling empty and bleak for the many commuters and residents who ride transit to the core of Downtown. Difficult pedestrian and bicycle crossings further reduce the viability of O Street as a “major pedestrian pathway linking the majority of capitol Area destinations” as was envisioned by the State of California’s Capitol Area Plan. Numerous large surface parking lots further diminish this area’s potential as a premiere pedestrian corridor in Downtown.

CADA is an active participant in efforts to improve the physical appearance of O Street and to enhance its role as an east-to west corridor and as a key stop for people moving across it from north and south. CADA has completed several upgrades to O Street in the past several years and is working to catalyze many more.

7th to 11th Street Segment:

Starting at 7th Street and continuing to 15th Street, key state office buildings, state garages and state parking lots either front onto or back up to O Street.  These include the Employment Development Department, the Resources Agency, Caltrans, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education.

  • At 9th and O Street, CADA partnered with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Council to refurbish Laura Ewing’s “Garden in the City” sculpture. The sculpture’s original colors have been reproduced with the help of the artist.
  • From 7th Street to 12th Street, CADA funded a project to repaint RT’s light rail station light poles, centenaries, benches and loading ramp railings.  CADA completed the work in 2014.

16th Street Intersection:

CADA’s developer partner, Ravel Rasmussen, has completed construction of  84 units of residential housing on formerly-vacant lots to the north and south sides of O Street on the west side of 16th Street.  As part of that project, the developer constructed the O Street components of CADA’s 16th Street Streetscape Concept, which was prepared by MIG, a planning firm in Berkeley, California. The improvements include new bulb-outs and storm water retention planters, which were constructed with a Proposition 84 grant from the Strategic Growth Council.   The landscaped bulb-outs reduce the distance pedestrians have to travel to cross 16th Street and O Street, make motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians more visible to each other, and generally improve pedestrian safety.  The storm water retention basins trap rainwater from 16th and O Streets and channel it into landscaped retention basins that detoxify the water and direct it into the subsurface.  Future work at this intersection will include a mini-plaza on the northeast corner of the 16th and O Street intersection and will feature new trees, new drought-tolerant landscaping, and possibly an art and/or water feature, public seating, and, possibly, a vertical garden.  CADA hopes to install new crosswalks at this intersection as part of the planned second phase of the project. In the future, the City will install traffic signals at this intersection.

Next Steps:

MIG is preparing the draft O Street Concept Plan now and we anticipate it will be finished sometime in August 2019.  Then CADA staff will present it to the CADA Board and other agencies.

How to Stay in Touch:

Visit this webpage or find us on Facebook under Envision O Street”.  Please like us on Facebook and let your friends know about this project.  Or, you can contact Marc de la Vergne, the CADA project manager, at (916)324-3913 or at mdelavergne@cadanet.org