Railyards Project Gets Boost as Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 16, 2009
The long-awaited — and much-delayed — Railyards project can continue moving forward after a Sacramento County Superior Court judge found that Sacramento city and its redevelopment agency followed environmental law when approving the massive project two years ago.
The Westfield Corp., which owns the Downtown Plaza less than a half-mile from the Railyards project, and three citizens who formed a group called Sacramento Citizens Concerned About the Railyards, claimed the city failed to follow the California Environmental Quality Act when approving the project. Another round of environmental reports would have further delayed the project.
Thomas Enterprises has already started the early stages of construction of the Railyards, which includes 12,000 homes, 2.3 million square feet of offices and 1.4 million square feet of retail.  The Railyards is the nation’s largest infill downtown project.