Parcel purchased for Elk Grove soccer stadium & facility now to be sold, developed for industrial uses

With minimal discussion, during their Wednesday night meeting, the Elk Grove City Council decided to pursue the sale of the taxpayer-owned 9...

With minimal discussion, during their Wednesday night meeting, the Elk Grove City Council decided to pursue the sale of the taxpayer-owned 99-acre parcel on Grant Line Road for industrial uses. With their unanimous direction, the city council ended Elk Grove's pursuit of an athletic facility that would have been centered on soccer fields and at one time included plans for a $120 million Major League Soccer stadium.

Instead, the city is currently in negotiations with Kubota North America to sell 60-acres for a warehouse and distribution center. The question posed to the city council was how the balance of the parcel should be developed.

During a presentation by the city's innovation czar Christopher Jordan, council members were told the remaining acreage could be developed into a smaller athletic facility, offered as a permanent site for the Sacramento County Fair, or rezoned and sold for further commercial development.
"Staffs' recommendation this evening is to direct staff to pursue the sale of the remaining property for industrial use," Jordan said.

In her comments, Vice Mayor Stephanie Nguyen said she would support selling the parcel, which is expected to be annexed into city limits this June by the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission, based on the creation of new jobs. She added the development of parks and recreation activities is not the specific responsibility of the city.

"I am actually going to kick that soccer ball over to CSD [Cosumnes Community Services District] because CSD is parks and rec and I would like to see CSD develops a sports entertainment center," Nguyen said.

The action marks the end of a plan developed almost 10 years ago by former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, who is now running for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. With great flair, Davis promoted the site to soccer parents, the children, and his fellow council members as a possible site for a $120 million stadium for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

As the impracticality of the proposed facility collapsed, by 2015 Davis' ideas were scaled back and ultimately deemed unrealistic by the city council.   

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