California Northstate University Receives Unanimous Support on Proposed Medical Center Campus from Sacramento Planning and Design Commission

ELK GROVE, CA – On Jan. 13, the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission unanimously recommended that the Sacramento City Council approve California Northstate University’s (CNU) proposed Medical Center Campus at Innovation Park.

Innovation Park is a new development project headed by the Sacramento Kings organization that will transform the location of the former Sleep Train Arena in North Natomas into a vibrant mix of residential, commercial, health and educational uses.

A major component of Innovation Park is the CNU Medical Center Campus, which will feature a 13-story, 400-bed teaching hospital, college, dormitories, childcare center, senior residential care facility and supporting office, commercial and retail uses.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with the Sacramento Kings organization and City of Sacramento to advance this state-of-the-art project,” said Dr. Alvin Cheung, President and CEO of California Northstate University. “In addition to providing extraordinary services and acting as a hub for teaching and healing, the CNU Medical Center Campus will be a significant economic driver for the entire region.”

The Innovation Park project was presented at the Planning and Design Commission hearing by Jeff Dorso, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Sacramento Kings and Mary Laux, Principal Planner and Environmental Impact Report consultant from Environmental Science Associates.

Key items of interest discussed during the Planning and Design Commission hearing include:
• A Central Utility Plant that will be an architecturally significant structure of the project and anchor a gateway corner of the campus.
• Electric vehicle charging stations, electric bike and scooter charging locations and bike and pedestrian pathways to be included throughout the campus.
• Future campus buildings to provide more engaging outdoor areas and visual interest.
• Plans to establish a cohesive campus environment by developing a preliminary architectural template for materials and finishes.

Tentatively, the Sacramento City Council will vote Feb. 15 on an environmental impact report, rezoning and other entitlements necessary to move the project forward.

To learn more about the project overview and schedule for Innovation Park and the CNU Medical Center Campus, click here.

About California Northstate University

California Northstate University was founded in Elk Grove in 2008 to advance the science and art of healthcare. CNU is dedicated to educating, developing, and training individuals to provide competent, patient-centered care. Since its inception, CNU has continued to expand to meet the growing needs to the community. Today, CNU’s Elk Grove campus has over 1,500 combined students and employees in five colleges, including College of Dental Medicine, College of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Studies, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Psychology. To learn more, please visit