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Letter: new townhouse rentals will be a great update for Sylvan Corners

Bearpaw Village Townhouses
A rendering included in a planning division staff report shows what proposed townhouses would look like near Sylvan Corners in Citrus Heights.

By Jennifer Haley, Citrus Heights resident–
[RE: Public hearing set for 42-unit housing proposed near Sylvan Corners; Jan. 20]  The proposed housing on Sylvan Corners is what Citrus Heights needs: an update. There are far too many under utilized stores and restaurants in Citrus Heights, and bringing more people in will decrease this issue and give renters the ability to increase their square footage and have a garage. Townhomes are great to rent while you are investigating areas to purchase a home in. It would be wonderful for the people of Citrus Heights to have updated housing which they can rent when they may not yet be ready to settle down with a mortgage.

I believe that the [neighborhood association] that is opposing this has not considered the fact that their suggestion of owning a home on a major intersection would be of little interest to anyone looking to purchase a home, being that Citrus Heights already has many homes for sale on less busy roads that have sat with for-sale signs for months on end. I do hope that this ends up being approved so that Citrus Heights can increase the updates which it most rightly deserves.

*Editor’s note: following the submission of this letter, this project was approved by a 5-1 vote of the planning commission on Jan. 24, 2018

Additional comments from Facebook:
Denise M. — That looks to be a very confined space. There is other open area in Citrus Heights that could be proposed. And what kind of rental housing would this be? I agree. If I lived in the nearby neighborhood, I would oppose… Come on Citrus Heights Planning. You can do better than this.

Payton P. — Millennials don’t buy houses, and there is a severe lacking in nice apartment rentals in Citrus Heights. Most are old, outdated and un-secure. In order to move with the future, Sacramento County needs to step up with things like this, especially if you don’t want Citrus Heights to turn into the next North Highlands or Fairfield.

Sharon D. — During high traffic times, it takes me sometimes 15-plus minutes to drive from Walmart area to Sunrise Boulevard. If those new restaurants open in area, plus the added cars from this project, (it) will make this route a nightmare for us living in this neighborhood.

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