In case you haven’t heard, a large hospital and medical center has been proposed by California Northstate University (CNU), a new for-profit college, for a location right next to the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the southwest corner of the City of Elk Grove.
Habitat 2020/ECOS’ Concerns
The ECOS Habitat committee (Habitat 2020) is tracking the hospital proposal and has been sharing our concerns with the City of Elk Grove.
On May 13, 2019, the Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, a member of Habitat 2020 and submitted a letter outlining their concerns prior to the release of the Notice of Preparation. Click here to read the letter.
On June 27, 2019, the Environmental Council of Sacramento, Habitat 2020 and the Friends of Stones Lakes National Wildlife Refuge submitted a letter in response to the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for Northstate University Medical Center. Our concerns include: an increase in bird collisions, helicopter flight impacts on migratory birds in surrounding roosting and foraging habitat, lighting impacts, building a hospital in a floodplain, surface water runoff, cumulative impacts, compliance with our region’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, growth inducement and more. Click here to read the letter.
The greatest concerns expressed by the community so far include:
- Lack of transparency on behalf of CNU and city officials/unwillingness to correct false data and “misquotes” via the media
- A facility even more expansive than originally disclosed elevates residents’ concerns
- Financial failure, similar to the Elk Grove “Ghost Mall”, would leave behind an eyesore/empty shell of a hospital that would ultimately need to be demolished
- Displacement and/or destruction of local small-businesses
- Unreliable jobs projections, based on the original 24,000 being revised to only 1,400 over the next 10 years
- A hospital more than 6x higher than the tallest homes in the West Elk Grove/destruction of the aesthetics of the surrounding area
- Unsustainable traffic increases along Elk Grove Blvd., at the on-ramp and off-ramp of I-5 and on one of three main arteries into the Stonelake residential community
- Parking overflowing onto community streets
- Major safety concerns for nearby schools
- Negative impacts on the natural environment
- Lack of security available to accommodate the heightened safety risks
- Impacts to local wildlife, such as the many birds who depend on the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge to survive
- Growth Inducement
“Neighbors Ensuring Stonelake Transparency” (NEST)
[You may know of the]…recent demolition of what became known as “The Ghost Mall” within the City of Elk Grove It was a failed project of former Mayor Gary Davis. Davis is now a paid consultant to California Northstate University. Coincidentally, Davis had moved into the Stonelake neighborhood just a few months prior to the CNU hospital announcement.https://egnest.com/
Note: This is the main page for this project on the ECOS website. Please check back on this page for updates.
In the News
Environmental meeting for controversial proposed Elk Grove hospital draws dozens of questions, concerns
June 24, 2019
Elk Grove News.net
Former Elk Grove Mayor Davis slammed for calling Stonelake residents childish, dishonest
April 25, 2019
Elk Grove News.net
Emails reveal details of hospital project
Protest group says city staff’s correspondence with university lacks transparency
Apr 12, 2019
Elk Grove Citizen
Residents speak out against proposed Elk Grove hospital site
Protestors address City Council for an hour
Mar 8, 2019
Elk Grove Citizen
Last updated July 2019