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McKinley Village is a proposed new community north of East Sac and south of the Capital City Freeway.

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McKinley Village Project to Face City CouncilSACRAMENTO-

In a 6-3 vote, the Sacramento City Council passed the McKinley Village housing development project Tuesday night.

The vote was made after hours of public comment and debate.

From cheering a massive punishment for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to facing massive protest against a $60 million housing project here at home on the same day – the mayor had much to consider and local solutions have been elusive for months.

“To reduce our neighborhood to just levels of service at how cars travel through our neighborhood as opposed to how they are going to impact our homes was the biggest disappointment in this process,” said Julie Murphy from the Marshall Park – New Era Park Neighborhood Association.

“We don’t have  all wisdom.  It’s not a perfect plan, but I believe it’s an excellent plan,” McKinley Village developer Phil Angelides said.

While Angelides again touted the $207 million of economic output McKinley Village could bring, the biggest sticking point remained access in and out of the planned 328 -unit site.

It could put 230 extra cars on the streets near McKinley Park each hour.

Homeowners have repeatedly asked for traffic relief and been met with resistance.

“We have done a lot of listening to neighborhood groups and a lot of items they bring up like traffic. We are really confident that there’ll be a less-than significant impact,” said Megan Norris with Angelides’ group Riverview Capital Investments.

Late into the debate Councilman Steve Hansen offered some traffic remedies in a multi-part motion that would be a condition of project approval.

“I would like a part of this motion to approve a half street closure on 28th and C,” he said.

The biggest condition in that motion – a vehicular tunnel at Alhambra Boulevard that would add a third access point to the project.

It’s an idea that’s been repeatedly denied by the developer, due to complexities with overhead Union Pacific tracks and a price tag around $28 million.

Hansen’s proposal would use $2 million dollars Angelides has pledged for future study on a pedestrian-bike tunnel and other transit issues, toward vehicular tunnel plans.

To be able to access the most money regional, state and federal money, Hansen says the tunnel would need to be designated a city project.

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A new development, of more than 330 homes, could become a reality Tuesday if the Sacramento City Council gives the McKinley Village project the thumbs up to start turning dirt.

“We hope to start late spring of this year. Early summer, we want to get going quickly and have homes available for people as soon as possible,” Megan Norris, Vice President of Riverview Capital Investments, told FOX40.

A press conference Monday gave one last push of support for the project, hoping to encourage local residents and city leaders to fully get behind McKinley Village. The project will reportedly create 1,400 new jobs and make a more than $200 million impact.

“We have probably a little more than 20 percent unemployment in the construction industry,” sheet metal worker Dennis Canevari said.

Developers say the project meets all the city’s demands, homes will compliment the ones that already exist in East Sacramento and the neighborhood will have more than 2,000 trees and plenty of green space.

But not everyone is for this project. Many homeowners have placed signs in their front yards, asking for the city to stop the project from happening. Their biggest concern is the likely increase in traffic.

“The project calls for funneling 1,270,000 cars through residential streets,” Anthony Donoghue, of Love East Sacramento, said Monday.

The community would like to see a tunnel built near Alhambra Boulevard and B Street that would allow cars to drive under the train tracks, easing traffic through neighborhoods.

“That would ease traffic concerns in both east Sac neighborhoods as well as the midtown neighborhoods. This makes sense. This solves a lot of problems and should be included in the project,” Donoghue said.

The City Council will make their decision Tuesday evening.

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With one week left until the city council votes on the McKinley Village project, concerned citizens packed  the Clunie Community Center to hear what their council members had to say.

​”T​the neighbors here care for the area​.​ W​e don’t want to see i​t destroyed. ​There are ways to put smart growth in​.​ Smart growth is good​, but this is not smart growth​,” neighbor Ellen Cochrane said.

Cochrane is the former president of the East Sacramento Preservation Group. It is one of five other community groups who formed a coalition for the McKinley Village Project. Their mission: to send a message in one, strong voice, to the developers of the 335 unit home project.

​”​We want a better project. We need access at A​lhambra ​Boulevard,” neighbor Heather Sullivan said.

Sullivan says Alhambra Boulevard is the only natural thoroughfare that would easily route traffic ​into and out of the development. Without a tunnel access point at Alhambra, Sullivan says, 3500 extra car trips will be funneled through 28th Street and 40th Street every day.

​”Ri​ght now, it is going to have more detriment than benefit, w​hich is why so many groups are working so hard to oppose it as proposed​,” Anthony Donoghue said.

Tonight’s community meeting was led by council member Steve Cohn, with brief speeches by a few community group leaders.

“I say don’t let the glossy pictures fool you​,” Norris said.

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A coalition of labor groups, former city officials and east Sacramento residents are pushing for the approval of the controversial McKinley Village housing development by the city council.

The project is bounded by the Business 80 freeway and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, and McKinley Park residents fear that neighborhood traffic will be funneled through the neighborhood because there is only two access points.

A community meeting is expected to draw hundreds of people, but those who favor the project say that fears about traffic are overblown. Some feel it will be traffic neutral because residents for the 330 planned homes will live closer to workplaces downtown.  Commutes will be shorter and some my even bike to work.

Almost everyone agrees that a tunnel access point at the end of Alhambra Boulevard would be ideal, but the cost of nearly 30 million dollars would make the development an economic no-go.

The city planning commission unanimously approved the project which has the endorsement of smart planning organizations and groups.

But the City Council can over-rule the decision.  Politics may play a big role in the vote.  The developer, Phil Angelides, is the former State Treasurer and State Democratic Party fundraiser who is politically well-connected.

City Council member Steve Cohn represents McKinley Park and is running for the State Assembly.  He has said the project needs another access point and feels the final outcome is uncertain.  The City Council will vote on the project on next Tuesday.

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A rendering of what the proposed McKinley Village neighborhood would look like.
Courtesy: McKinleyVillage.com

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Homeowners in East Sac say a new construction project nearby would destroy their quality of life and trap them in their neighborhoods, but Thursday night Sacramento’s planning commission said McKinley Village should happen.

Backers of what’s been dubiously dubbed “McVillage” brought business and community supporters out in force to challenge critiques of the 336-unit project.

It’s slated to sit across from Sutter’s Landing Park, which some believe is a perfect location, while others say the site only offers two access points – which isn’t enough.

“I firmly believe that we need more housing choices close to our city center and I also appreciate and support efforts to transfer the site into the Sacramento City (Unified) School District,” Marie Booth, a life-long resident of east Sacramento, said.

“We keep telling the developer that we need to have an outlet right there at Alhambra so that way all the traffic does not go down 28th street,” argued George Raya with the Marshall School – New Era Park Neighborhood Association.

After two hours of public comment, for and against this project, commissioners gave this project a nod.

That vote now moves this project proposal on to the full city council for final approval.

VIDEO: Neighbors Still Have Concerns about McKinley Village

McKinley Village Project Meeting Resistance

Latest McKinley Village Meeting More Civil Than OthersSACRAMENTO-

Sacramento’s Planning and Design Commission unanimously approved the 336-home residential development known as McKinley Village Thursday night.

The project now heads to the City Council for final approval.

McKinley Village will sit south of the American River, in east Sacramento near C and E Streets.

Community meetings regarding the development were met with protest as the plan evolved.

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The normally tense dynamic at McKinley Village meetings was relatively calm Thursday night.

New designs and drawings were showed off at the meeting, hosted by City Council Member Steve Hansen, but neighbors are still concerned about the amount of traffic the planned development would bring.

Neighbors say closing half of B Street and allowing vehicle access through Alhambra Boulevard would help alleviate their concerns.

Developers say a solution isn’t as simple as that, saying it’s expensive and, according to an environmental impact study, unnecessary.

Among the more than 50 changes already made to the plan, some based on community input, the developer is ready to move forward with a bike and pedestrian tunnel at Alhambra Boulevard instead – something neighbors say is no compromise at all.

Lance Klug contributed to this report.

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Hotter than normal temperatures mean flowers are popping up in east Sacramento near McKinley Park.

Hotter than normal tempers mean certain signs are, as well – ones that say ‘Stop McVillage’  -as homeowners brace for problems from a planned housing development.

“They’ll get in their cars to and go through our neighborhood to get to theirs,” Katie McClean, who’s been in her East sac home since 1967, said Monday.

Congestion concerns – the focus of a meeting planned for Thursday in Midtown.

It’s not the site of McKinley Village, dubiously dubbed McVillage, but it is the place that could absorb 52 percent of the traffic from hundreds of new homes.

Much of that new traffic could be at B and 28th streets.

“Eighteen hundred cars at this intersection. We have a lot of concerns,” Julie Murphy, the co-chair of Midtown’s Marshall School – New Era Park neighborhood association said.

One of her biggest concerns? The trains that zoom through the area just above B Street.

Though the environmental impact report for the project references trains that zip through in seconds.

FOX40 cameras spotted one Monday afternoon that took more than five minutes to pass during the evening commute – a potential disaster for hundreds of drivers trying to turn onto one of only two planned access routes for McKinley Village.

Murphy can’t imagine what might happen if an emergency vehicle was trying to get through.

“This is just a site that cries out for a third access point,” she said.

Murphy believes a tunnel at Alhambra and B now slated for bikes could be the answer.

Homeowners want it widened for cars to take the pressure off of other routes.

Folks in Midtown have also suggested that  northbound drivers on B street face a stop sign at 28th and southbound travelers be directed through an industrial area to 29th Street, skipping residential streets.

It’s another solution they’ve offered, but say they can’t get any real dialogue from developer Phil Angelides.

They say all they’ve heard is ‘we’ll get back to you.’

“We’re coming up on the end of this.  This is going to council in the middle of April. People don’t want to live with this uncertainty anymore. What is going to happen to our neighborhood,” said Murphy.

The developer has said in the past that they are surprised by homeowners’ complaints because they have maintained an open dialogue.

Thursday’s community meeting on the matter will be held at the Hart Center in Midtown from 6pm – 7:30pm.

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In manicured McKinley Park, manners went by the wayside in response to anyone speaking up in favor of what’s now infamously referred to as  “McVillage.”

“I don’t see anything about impact on air quality on pedestrians, on bicyclists,” said one woman.

“I’m wondering if Mr. [Phil] Angelides would live in one of the homes alongside the freeway,” said another woman in the midst of applause as she challenged the developer about noise issues.

Critical comments like that were common Monday night as more than one hundred people packed a meeting hosted by Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn to air concerns about planned housing development McKinley Village.

“Fifty-one percent of the traffic or 1,800 cars per day, so midtown is going to take just as much of a brunt as east Sacramento and we’re kind of the forgotten lost soul in the project,” Michael Murphy of the Marshall School -New Era Neighborhood Association said.

Adding to the concerns from east Sacramento,  Murphy brought that one from Midtown which he says will feel great impact from a 300-plus unit development near Elvas and C Streets.

Even more frustrating, he says Angelides, with Riverview Capital Investments, hasn’t been willing to discuss solutions for the Midtown district.

One of the neighborhood’s proposal? Half street closures at 28th Street from B to C streets to mitigate traffic.

Developers say lines of communication are open.

“That was a little bit of a surprise,but again like I said, we’ve incorporated a lot of changes,” Megan Norris with Riverview said.

In fact Riverview Capital Investments and the rest of the project team have already made more than 50 changes to their proposal based on community input – shaving 61 units, adding in small retail and restaurant space and eliminating a planned church and pre-school.

Still, for many, it’s no where near enough.

The McKinley Village project will be on the city’s planning and design commission agenda in March.

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