Folsom’s Historic Sutter Street looks fresh and beautiful as the city celebrated the revitalization of its street, sidewalks and building façades on Saturday.
All it took, said City Manager Kerry Miller, was 10 years of planning, 16 months of reconstruction, $11 million of redevelopment dollars and the cooperation of the city, Sutter Street merchants, property owners, the Folsom Historic District Commission, the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the Folsom Economic Development Corporation, a cadre of dedicated consultants and contractors, neighboring residents, and patience by visitors who had to navigate around construction. Though it all – plus an economic recession and the longest, wettest winter in some time – businesses stayed open and events were staged.
Jim Snook, from Snook’s Chocolate Factory and president of the merchants’ Folsom Historic District Association, told the crowd of hundreds that the new design allows him to see the businesses across the street. “It brings us closer,” he said.
Folsom Historic District Commission chair Candy Miller encouraged everyone to visit the exhibit on William Alexander Leidesdorff at the Folsom History Museum and note the historic monuments and kiosks throughout the district.
The newly renovated Sutter Street district will be host to Second Saturday on May 14 and the Western Cattle Drive that opens the 51st Folsom Pro Rodeo at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.