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New Sacramento Whole Foods scheduled for approval

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A highly-anticipated plan to construct a Whole Foods grocery store and 141 condos on a busy midtown block is expected to receive final approval by the Sacramento City Council on Thursday.

The council is scheduled to vote on approving the project’s environmental impact report, permits and other development documents. The store would replace a two-story parking garage on L Street, between 20th and 21st streets. Company officials have previously said they intend to begin construction early next year.

In addition to the Whole Foods, Pappas Investments also plans to construct a six-story parking garage at the corner of 21st Street and Capitol Avenue. The projects have been combined because the parking garage will replace the existing structure on L Street.

City officials said most of the comments they’ve received from nearby residents and community groups have been positive. According to a city staff report, residents are pleased with the thought of adding a much-needed grocery store to the central city, are happy the project provides a boost to the housing stock in the grid and support a parking garage that will provide spaces to local businesses.

Some groups have expressed concerns that the project will lead to congested alleys in the area and are worried the garage and Whole Foods site could impact the neighborhood’s character.

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