Public documents reveal previously undisclosed plans by Elk Grove city officials and California Northstate University (CNU) to develop a “biodistrict”, including a wet lab, in the residential community of Stonelake, which is adjacent to the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in West Elk Grove.
Earlier this week, CNU submitted to the City a detailed proposal, including a request for rezoning and a Conditional Use Permit, which would allow for the development of a biodistrict. Though the ability to finance the project has yet to be proven, the new plans now include a 12-story hospital with a helistop and a penthouse, a second 7-story patient tower which would increase the bed count from 250 to 400, a 29,300 sq. ft. central plant, 3 parking structures, a 4-story out-patient clinic, a 5-story medical office building and a 5-story dormitory to house 300 students with only 150 parking spaces allotted for them. CNU has recently purchased a nearby parcel but claims they currently have no plans for its use.
As CNU has no track record of success for such an undertaking, this project is at high risk of following the footsteps of the "Ghost Mall" and becoming Elk Grove's "Ghost Hospital". To view the documents CNU has submitted to the City, click here.
At the 4/18/19 Elk Grove Planning Commission meeting, residents took the opportunity to voice their concerns about the California Northstate University "biodistrict" project. New plans were submitted by CNU to the City earlier that week, raising even greater concerns about the welfare of Elk Grove and the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Here are highlights from the public comment portion of that meeting.
ElkGroveNews.Net shares an interview with one of the co-owners of Dreaming Dog Brewery in Stonelake Landing. It appears that California Northstate University has successfully torn a huge swatch from the fabric of the Stonelake community in Elk Grove, while destroying two retirees' labor of love.
David and Liz, you're both a class act and will be sorely missed but we absolutely understand your decision and wish you the best.
Neighbors Ensuring Stonelake Transparency (N.E.S.T.) consists of several Elk Grove residents working to ensure that our city remains a better, healthier and more welcoming place to call home. We promote transparency in all actions and events that affect our community, as well as shine a spotlight on entities and local officials found betraying the community's trust. We band together to ensure that residents and businesses from all corners of Elk Grove have the support they need when they need it the most.
California Northstate University, a for-profit medical college, is attempting to build a massive medical complex including a 12-story Level II trauma hospital with 55' in additional height for a helistop in the neighborhood of Stonelake, which backs up to Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in West Elk Grove. CNU quietly bought several acres of land where a retail center, Stonelake Landing, currently resides. No advanced warning was given to residents or tenants of the proposed location prior to a press conference on December 20, 2018, which was hosted by city leaders and CNU. The community is now fighting back.
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