Alchemist Public Market (APM) will be an all-electric site, contributing zero greenhouse gas emissions through its utility use. The shared-use commercial kitchen will help familiarize Sacramento’s food entrepreneurs with electric appliances and provide a cutting-edge, safe cooking environment. Buildings will be constructed with high levels of passive energy efficiency and a major solar installation will generate 90-100% of required energy. Electric vehicle charging stations will be incorporated into the parking lot. Native trees and plants will be planted as greenery.
Alchemist Public Market is designed to promote both active and public transit access. This design begins with allocating a substantial portion of the parking lot to ample, shaded, well-designed bicycle parking accompanied by a permanent bike repair stand and tire pump. Entry points to the property are designed to encourage pedestrian access and will align with the path from the neighboring city park. By locating the site within easy pedestrian or bicycle access of tens of thousands of residents and office workers, active transit will be preferred by default. Situated within a 10 minute walking radius of 4 light rail stations on 2 rail lines, APM will be easily reached via public transit by people throughout the region. APM will also invite Sacramento Regional Transit to develop a bus stop alongside the property.
Alchemist CDC is a major proponent of anti-displacement housing strategies and so is pleased to situate Alchemist Public Market near a large supply of affordable housing. Working with disadvantaged entrepreneurs, we recognize that anti-displacement strategies are likewise needed for commercial enterprises in order to ensure that historically-disinvested communities have the opportunity to take advantage of regional economic growth. APM will provide a permanent site for low-income and historically marginalized Sacramentans to incubate small businesses, gain market access, and find workforce development opportunities. Even as the surrounding area improves and property values increase, entrepreneurs will be able to take advantage of the attractive commercial corridor.
Rent funds generated by Alchemist Public Market will be reinvested into the Alchemist Kitchen entrepreneurship program and toward improvements and maintenance of Alchemist Public Market. Because APM will be owned by a local non-profit community-based organization, the revenue generated by the site will be continually used for community-betterment.
The history of the Sacramento area, and the people, is rich in heritage, culture and tradition. This area was, and still is, the Tribal land of the Nisenan people. Sacramento was a gathering place for many local Tribes who have lived throughout the central valley and the foothills for generations and were the original stewards of this land. We would like to acknowledge the Southern Maidu people to the North, the Valley and Plains Miwok/ Me-Wuk Peoples to the south of the American River and we would also like to honor the Patwin Wintun Peoples to the west of the Sacramento River.*
We acknowledge that Alchemist Public Market will be standing on the tribal lands of Sacramento’s Indigenous people and will commit to paying a voluntary land tax to a local tribal organization once in operation.
*Special thanks to Sacramento Native American Health Center from whom we have borrowed the language of this acknowledgement.