At tonight’s Elk Grove City Council meeting, Elk Grove residents and a business made their objections known to the proposed hospital in the Stonelake area of Elk Grove, near Elk Grove Blvd and Interstate 5.
The meeting was the first since the announcement on December 20 by Northstate University of their plans to build a hospital. Flanked by Mayor Steve Ly and the other four city council members, CNU CEO
& President Dr. Alvin Cheung made the announcement.
Residents of Stonelake and Laguna West as well as business owners in the nearby Stonelake Landing shopping center that will be forced to relocate, were blindsided by the announcement. Elk Grove Laguna News met with the owners of the Dreaming Dog Brewery, who were stunned by the announcement. They had not been told anything about the proposed hospital. Dreaming Dog signed a 15 year lease to be in the center.
The proposed hospital was not on the agenda for the council meeting tonight, but residents used the public comment portion of the meeting to discuss their concerns with the city council. Several residents mentioned increased traffic, noise, crime, lowering property values and the scale of the project. Dreaming Dog owner, Elizabeth Brown, made an emotional statement to the council. Dr. Alvin Cheung and Northstate representative Paul Wagstaff also spoke in favor of the hospital.
If approved, CNU hopes to break ground on the hospital this year. That timeline may be a little ambitious due to the environmental impact and traffic studies that need to be completed before going through the planning process before the planning commission and city council. Residents have vowed to fight the proposal.