Editor's View: History, business coming together on Sutter Street

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Jerry Bernau, with Bernau Development, recently gave an overview presentation of the plans for Sutter Street’s Historic Folsom Station. Bernau said the development should be turning dirt after Streetscape is completed. “It’s not just a dream anymore,” he told the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. “Money is in the bank.” He said some approvals for a few sections are still pending but expects those to go through. The area will sport a roundhouse restaurant, modeled after the original railroad roundhouse that once stood in the spot. Plans also call for an interactive fountain outside the restaurant. “Thanks to Bill Anderson, we were able to get (the building’s design) close,” he said. The area will also offer a 250 to 300 seat outdoor amphitheater. He said if chairs are added, it could seat up to 600 people. They also plan to put in a new living Christmas tree near the turntable, effectively retiring the old tree outside the Folsom Chamber of Commerce building. He said they also hope to revive the ice rink and set it up outside the turntable, making it circular. “When you look back over six years, we’ve had a lot of changes in the district,” he said. He pointed to the Streetscape project that will help revitalize the historic district and the Historic Folsom Station project as just another step in that direction. As for the monuments currently sitting in the middle of Sutter Street? He said they would be moved to other locations and reused. Some of the pillars will move to entry points, such as near the historic Rainbow Bridge. He said if residents really want to help the historic district, they should come down and spend some money with the local businesses. “There are a lot of new businesses in the district,” he said. Super Bowl mania Austin Collie, a graduate of Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, is playing in this year’s Super Bowl. He tosses the pigskin for the Colts, so you’ll know who to look for. I hear The Purple Place, on Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, is planning a large Super Bowl party this Sunday, so give them a call to find out more at 933-2616. Collie is one more reason to be proud of this area and the fine people who call it home. Birthday girl My oldest daughter just turned 17. When did this happen? Can I really be that old? When I asked Madison what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said she wanted to see “Alice in Wonderland” at Sutter Street Theatre. “Really?” I asked her. “You want to see a kids’ play?” “Yes, papa, I really do,” she said. “And have dinner.” We went to the 4 p.m. Saturday show (the play runs through Feb. 14). My daughter is taking drama in high school and really enjoyed the play. “They are so talented,” she said. The actors really do a great job. After that we walked down to Hop Sing Palace on Sutter Street for some Chinese food. Thanks to the restaurant staff for the great service. Odds and ends The Telegraph’s Web site system for submitting letters to the editor (as well as birth announcements, engagements and obituary notices) has been on the fritz but is back up and running again. We apologize for the technical glitch. Don Chaddock can be reached at