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Developer vows to start building despite suit over midtown Sacramento condos

A citizens group is suing the city of Sacramento in an effort to block a 15-story condominium tower proposed for midtown, but the developer said he will proceed nevertheless.

The group, calling itself Sacramentans for Fair Planning, sued the city last week, saying the tower violates California environmental laws and city codes regarding population and building densities.

The project has been controversial from the start. Opponents and neighborhood activists have said the so-called Yamanee project, set for 25th and J streets at the eastern end of midtown, is simply too big for the neighborhood. They have also complained that the high-toned project would displace lower-income residents from the area.

The City Council voted a month ago to approve the project, rejecting an appeal from project opponents.

Yamanee would include 14,000 square feet of commercial space and 134 residential units. It would be the tallest building in midtown.

The suit, filed in Sacramento Superior Court, says the project “is not consistent with the population density and building intensity standards” for the neighborhood.

Ryan Heater, the developer of the project, said in a press release that he intends to start construction early next year. “Although there is a small group that believes my project will be too tall, there is, nonetheless, overwhelming and enthusiastic community support for it,” he said.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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