Partners eye donations for Truckee Community Building
October 22, 2013
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Incline Village has one, Kings Beach is getting one, and those in Truckee hope they're next to host a building with multiple nonprofits under one roof.
The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe wants to bring the Truckee Community Building to the corner of Highway 267 and Brockway Road, with help from an anticipated 6.33-acre land donation by the Joerger family.
"Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in Truckee's economy and wellbeing," said Mitch Clarin, community building committee co-chair with CATT. "A shared community building will cultivate cohesion and success."
While specifics such as building square footage are in the works, it's hoped that 12 nonprofits call the complex home full-time, along with a few on a part-time basis, Clarin said.
“The hope is for it to be a safe haven for those who need its services, and to make Truckee an even better place than it already is.”
Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
Cost to construct the building — which would be located on one of the parcels within the town's PC-3/Joerger Ranch subdivision — is about $12 million, Clarin said. That does not include parking lot construction and facility maintenance.
The building would include office space for each nonprofit, as well as meeting spaces, a commercial kitchen, a conference room for public use and storage units for nonprofit use.
"From our perspective, the two big benefits are affordable space … and the ability to collaborate on the spot with other nonprofits," said Ryan Hunter, area director of YoungLife Truckee, one of CATT's partnering nonprofits on the project. "I see more things happening faster for our community as a result."
Other partners include Sierra Senior Services, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, Family Resource Center of Truckee, Project MANA, Tahoe Food Hub, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Presbyterian Church (USA).
"You'll have better communication between nonprofits, who are often serving the same people," said Jim Dykstra, board chair for Sierra Senior Services. "So people don't have to run all over town to access these services."
Twelve years ago, CATT's initial goal, was to move into its own building. In pursuing the move, Clarin and CATT's Paul Griggs soon changed directions and began looking at the Truckee Community Building to allow nonprofits to share cost of supplies, equipment and personnel.
It's a financially efficient endeavor because it allows information among nonprofits to be shared easily, Clarin said.
"It's great in concept, and (it's) up and alive in Incline Village in the Parasol building," he said.
Founded in 1996, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation provides resources to a variety of nonprofits, manages the community's AmeriCorps program and helps donors effectively manage philanthropic efforts. It's granted more than $33.6 million to charitable causes since its inception.
As for nonprofits, Parasol provides vital office space, storage room, computers and meeting space by maintaining the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center — referred by locals as the "Parasol building."
Furthering the idea of community collaboration, Parasol leases the land on which the DW Center resides for just $1 each year from the Incline Village General Improvement District.
A similar effort recently launched in Kings Beach, allowing satellite branches Tahoe SAFE Alliance, Project MANA and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center to partner under one roof inside the Community House, located at the old Lake Air Motel.
The idea is nonprofits would stay in the Truckee Community Building for free, Clarin said, but would share costs to run it.
The property currently is going through the entitlement process now; once secured, an architect to design the building would be hired.
Like any project, an official proposal would be subject to public comment and Town of Truckee Planning Commission approval.
In the meantime, CATT and partners are seeking a major donor to fund construction, along with donations to fund ongoing maintenance.
"The hope is for it to be a safe haven for those who need its services, and to make Truckee an even better place than it already is," Clarin said.