East Sacramento Citizens Speak Up About “McKinley Village”

East Sacramentans peppered Riverview Capital Investments with questions and suggestions. The company wants to develop the East Sacramento area north of the train tracks. The land is currently an undeveloped meadow. Several projects have failed in the past, mainly because of neighborhood resistance. Serious concerns surround development of this area such as sewage, traffic, project design and costs to the city. The company is on a fact finding mission at this point. The final design is pending.

Riverview Capital Investments is listening to the community. Our job, however, is to make sure that any project that gets approval meets the needs of the citizens and does not destroy the fabric of our neighborhoods.

On a side note: I was asked what my dream project would look like for the area. Is it impossible to think that an urban farm could be created? A farm much like Soil Born?

Ellen Cochrane

(A full list of questions asked will be posted.)

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4 Responses to East Sacramento Citizens Speak Up About “McKinley Village”

  1. Will Green says:

    I like the idea of an urban farm,,,,,let’s push it forward. Maybe PA the owner can use this as a nonprofit tax advantage, rather than a Capitalistic Coup.

  2. Kate Lenox says:

    I wanted it to be an urban farm before they cut all the fruit trees down. That was the last orchard in the city limits. It was so sad to drive by and see them being taken down.

  3. Pinki Cockrell says:

    I was angry when the fruitbearing trees off I-80 began to be removed years before a project was under way. I recall that the farmer leasing the land was allowed to nurture the remaining trees a few more years thanks to public outcry. It takes years of care and pruning before fruit trees bear prolifically. Did the orchardist finally give up, or did ownership change that voided the lease??? If the land was sold and re-zoned for development, I assume there were no longer tax incentives to continue cultivation until a project was shovel ready.

    Small farms just aren’t cost effective, and are impractical, even on this sizable parcel; they can’t produce enough. I would have continued to champion an orchard on this parcel because the land isn’t annually laid bare, and the trees support wildlife and
    BEES (and could support free range fowel.) But now, with destruction of the trees, it is no longer practical to return this land to cultivation.