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McKinley Village Mostly Victorious In Appeals Court Case

  

The City of Sacramento must explain how it determines whether a development project significantly affects traffic.

That's the ruling of the State Appeals Court on a lawsuit filed by opponents of the new McKinley Village housing development.

Stephen Cook is one of the attorneys with Brown Rudnick for the plaintiffs, East Sacramento Partnerships For A Livable City.

"There will be additional proceedings in the trial court. I suspect the City will attempt to correct the issue in the EIR relating to traffic." says Cook. "I'm not certain that they'll be able to do it. There are very serious traffic issues associated with the project."

Cook also says the plaintiffs may attempt to stop the development from selling any more homes until a Sacramento superior court rules the City's traffic standard is sufficient.  

Phil Angelides is President of Riverview Investments, the developer of the project.

"Based on the standard that they use and the amount of traffic they're willing to have on the grid, McKinley Village resulted in no significant impact," says Angelides. "The Court merely said, City, we need you to explain in more detail how you support this standard."

The court found no merit to the other safety and environmental concerns voiced in the lawsuit.

Angelides says about three dozen homes are under construction between North C Street and Business 80. He says the first homes should be ready for their owners to move in by the end of the year.