Businesses May Have To Make Room For New Hospital

California Northstate University wants to build a teaching hospital at I-5 and Elk Grove Boulevard. The university owns the land which includes the Stonelake Landing shopping center. Existing businesses there now have a decision to make.

University general counsel Paul Wagstaffe says they are working with the businesses to see what kind of accommodations can be made. "Some will simply remain in the spaces they are in now. We will work out the possibility of moving some to other spaces within the shopping center," said Wagstaffe. "We would hope that all of the tenants in the shopping center would be able to benefit from what we already have ongoing with the university, the community of Elk Grove as a whole and now the addition of a hospital and all the business that will bring as well," he added.

Other businesses may decide to relocate. Some of those affected include Dreaming Dog Brewery, Miyabi Sushi, Majesty African Marketplace and AllData. The hospital will be the first in the city of Elk Grove and Wagstaffe says its benefits will extend outside the city.

"It's going to be a lifesaver for people that live on the I-5 side of Elk Grove and the surrounding communities," Wagstaffe told KFBK.

The California Northstate University Medical Center will provide the city and region with much-needed access to Level II trauma care, acute and comprehensive medical care, and physician training. The hospital will improve public safety and emergency response times and is expected to create more than 24,000 new jobs over the next 10 years according to a press release.

The University hopes to break ground on the 250-bed teaching hospital adjacent to its campus in Elk Grove later this year.

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