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Proposed teaching hospital and medical campus at former Sleep Train Arena site comes to City Council

Sacramento, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2022) – It’s one of the largest redevelopment projects the City of Sacramento has seen in the past decade, and it’s headed to the Sacramento City Council this week for initial approval.

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the City Council will review an ordinance approving the California Northstate University Medical Campus and Innovation Park Planned Unit Development at the former Sleep Train Arena in North Natomas. The vote at City Council will lay the groundwork for future development by approving the zoning and design guidelines for this important project in addition to the first phase of the medical campus.

The project, spearheaded by Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby, in coordination with the Sacramento Kings, will result in the creation of a major teaching hospital, innovation park and medical campus that will create thousands of jobs as well as new housing at the vacant arena site. On January 13th, the Planning and Design Commission unanimously forwarded a recommendation of approval to the city council.

Vice Mayor Ashby states, “This is an extremely exciting day. The CNU Hospital and Innovation campus will be place making for the entire region and creates the economic engine promised to this community when the Kings moved downtown. Today’s announcement means that this facility will be proudly built with union labor by our local building and trades.”

Vice Mayor Ashby and partners will hold a press conference on Monday, Feb. 14, at Sacramento City Hall to discuss the project and outline next steps.

Covering 183 acres, the proposed CNU Medical Center Campus, at full buildout, will include a college campus and a variety of supporting services such as commercial and retail uses, medical offices, a childcare center and a care facility for active seniors.

“The creation of this innovation hub will be a tremendous asset to the community, and we are excited to see this project come to fruition,” Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis said. “The redevelopment of this site will serve as an economic driver for our region.”

“As the President/CEO of California Northstate University, I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to build both the health sciences university and the teaching hospital to serve the Natomas Community, the Greater Sacramento Region and beyond,” said Dr. Alvin Cheung.

“The Building Trades are privileged to participate in this project,” said Kevin Ferreira, Executive Director Sacramento-Sierra Building & Construction Trades Council. “This partnership only happened with the leadership of Vice Mayor Ashby’s guidance for a Community Workforce Training Agreement and the support of the Sacramento Kings. This is an example of community partners working together, moving the city forward.”


What: Sacramento City Council to approve ordinance for Innovation Park Planned Unit Development and the California Northstate University Medical Campus

Who: Mayor Steinberg, Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby, California Northstate University President/CEO Dr. Alvin Cheung, Sacramento Sierra Building Trades Executive Director Kevin Ferreira

When: 10:00a.m. on February 14th, 2022

Where: Sacramento City Hall Lobby (915 I St., Sacramento)

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