But before the vote, several residents spoke out against it, including Michael Manosky. He says the project, to be built at Grant Line and Highway 99, will create too much traffic.
"It’s going to be failure, absolute failure. We’re going to have gridlock in Old Elk Grove. There’s not enough space for all the cars that you want to go back and forth."
But Councilman Patrick Hume says the project will ultimately relieve traffic congestion on Sacramento freeways because less people will be commuting to Arden Mall and Roseville Galleria.
"I look at this as something that’s going to keep our citizens shopping right here in Elk Grove."
The mall is expected to open in October of 2008 and generate about $4 million in sales tax revenue during its first year of operation. Anchor stores include Macy’s and Barnes and Noble.