An Iranian real estate developer who spent the last decade in London and Tehran is breaking ground in downtown Sacramento on a military-style high-rise that will house a new breed of Capitol worker in 300-square-foot “micro barracks.”
“All my friends in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard lived in 300 square feet,” said Nanna Fofanna, developer of the dormitory at 10th and K streets. “I just want to recreate that fun environment for young American students and professionals.”
The 15-story Shangri-La Towers – at the center of the city’s evolving K Street corridor – will add 400 units to downtown’s growing housing stock, as well as ground-floor retail and private prayer rooms.
“We have a difficult situation in Sacramento where young political activists can’t afford housing,” said Fofanna. “We need innovative ideas that will keep them within a few blocks of the intersections they barricade every week.”
“The Shangri-La Towers project offers the multifunctional urban density and inclusive growth that Sacramento needs in the core of our city,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “We want to provide 300 square feet of luxury without fear. Fun without suspicion. So our activists can relax in a panic free atmosphere.”
“It’s the perfect location for young activists who are demanding power today, pleasure tomorrow,” said K, a 26-year-old capitol staffer who talked on condition of anonymity. “I make less than $2,000 a month, so anything to make the riot experience easier would be welcome.”