Sacto Judge Drops Arena Suits

A judge in Sacramento, Calif., has rejected two environmental lawsuits against the Sacramento Kings’ under-development downtown arena. 

Photo: Courtesy Sacramento Kings
An artist rendering created by design firm AECOM shows the Grand Entrance of the proposed Sacramento Kings $448 million arena.

Construction on the $477 million project began in August and opponents had sued claiming violations to the California Environmental Quality Act.

In his ruling Oct. 17, Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley denied the CEQA claims and cleared the way for the project to continue.

However, he expressed concern over the city’s plan to mitigate traffic congestion and wondered if the team hadn’t thought enough about crowds congregating on the plaza outside the building during special events, the Sacramento Bee reported.

An attorney for one of the groups that sued told the paper his clients “are disappointed that, after being denied a vote … the court has denied an analysis of the obvious (environmental) impacts” and will consider appealing.

The arena may still face a lawsuit challenging a $225 million subsidy used for the building. ?