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The Sacramento Bee – Petitions and lawsuits – Elk Grove casino, mall plan under fire

After 15 years of waiting for its big shopping mall to materialize at the south end of town, Elk Grove thought it had found the ideal development catalyst for the stalled project: a $400 million Indian casino to lure shoppers to the area.

Now opponents have begun circulating petitions to launch a ballot referendum to block the casino along Highway 99. Community leaders and the mall’s developer said Monday the referendum, if successful, could prove fatal to the planned outlet mall as well.

“They’re trying to kill the development agreement on the mall, which stalls it again,” said Joshua Wood of Region Business, a group representing area construction companies. “Why do they want to kill this mall?”

The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove, blasted the petition drive and called the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe’s casino an important component of the mall project.

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