Stonebridge better alternative to McKinley Village

04/07/2014 2:04 PM

04/09/2014 6:40 AM

Re "Project entails lots of traffic" (Page A10, April 5): As President of the East Sacramento Preservation Neighborhood Association, I was happy to speak before the Planning Commission in support of the Stonebridge development. It will not increase traffic for our already overburdened area, and Stonebridge representatives worked with us to develop the best possible plan. The results? Sane, smart growth in a welcoming neighborhood.

Conversely, the McKinley Village proposal, to which I take strenuous objection, will injure our neighborhood. Michael Green accurately depicted the developer's indifference to neighborhood concerns when he wrote, "His refusal to bear the cost of ameliorating the adverse impacts of his project is a slap to all Sacramento taxpayers." Indeed, it is.

East Sacramento welcomes good infill, but overbuilt, toxic and invasive projects like McKinley Village engender only opposition. We have a right and a duty to defend our neighborhood against such ill-conceived and aggressive development.

-- Ellen Marie Cochrane, Sacramento

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