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.