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New short-term rental program hits Truckee

Beginning today, all short-term rentals in Truckee will be required to apply for an annual transient occupancy registration certificate, and adhere to ordinance standards as part of the town’s new rental program.

Renters will have to pay an annual $400 fee along with being subject to Truckee’s transient occupancy tax and Truckee Tourism Businesses Improvement District assessment.

In November, Truckee voters passed Measure K, which increased the transient occupancy tax rate from 10% to 12%. Tourism business improvement district fee decreased from 2% to 1.25%, bringing the total levy to 13.25%.

The town defines short-term rentals as a stay of less than 31 continuous nights. Truckee began the process of creating the permit program in August due to community concern regarding short-term rentals.

“The ordinance is intended to strike a balance between welcoming visitors to Truckee while reducing neighborhood nuisance issues associated with short-term rental properties,” said town officials in a news release.

Restrictions placed on short-term rentals include quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., garbage service requirements, a system for complaint resolution, occupancy limits, and parking limitations.

Online registration for the program is live, and operators have until March 31 to obtain a registration certificate.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2643.

 

Placer County announces construction of homeownership opportunities for local workforce

Placer County will soon be seeking applications for a new homeownership opportunity for the Tahoe-Truckee local workforce.

Hopkins Village, a new for-sale housing development located in Martis Valley, will begin selling to the Tahoe-Truckee local workforce starting mid-February 2021. Forty units — 20 half-plexes, each containing 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a garage — will be constructed and sold to local workers at a sale price of $550,000.

A homeowners association fee of $660 per quarter will include a management fee, replacement reserves for roads, park maintenance, exterior painting and snow removal on roadways and driveways.

Buyers will have to meet certain requirements such as employment averaging at least 30 hours per week within the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District boundary and total household income at or below 180% of area median income.

Interested buyers may fill out an interest form before the applications become available on the development website Jan. 8. They are also encouraged to gather all necessary information and documents to have all the application requirements ready by the time the application process opens. The county also encourages interested applicants to contact a lender to begin the prequalification before the application period is open online.

The county will establish a list of qualified buyers in mid-February and will consider applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis as the units are constructed.

Units will be constructed on a rolling basis in 2021. For more information and to fill out the interested buyer form, please visit: www.placer.ca.gov/7013/Hopkins-Village

Source: Placer County

Tom Kellar: Turning a house into a home

When Wayne Worden and Re-start Ministries burst onto the housing scene in 2016, his emergence was no doubt met with a chorus of hallelujahs from social agencies in town who work to help folks in need find permanent housing.

As a housing advocate myself, I will never forget the day I assisted my first client into her own apartment, then watched as she opened the door to her new place, then stood alone in the middle of the living room without any of the furniture or houseware that helps make a house a home. Talk about a buzzkill.

Thanks to Wayne and volunteers, those days are gone and the nonprofit communities in Nevada and Placer counties are deeply grateful. Today, when one of our clients is given the green light into their own place, we have the client contact Wayne, and an appointment is made for the client to visit Wayne’s warehouse, where they choose the furniture and items they need. And the best part? Wayne delivers the chosen furnishings at no charge when the client is officially ready to move in.

My interview with Wayne took place a week ago in his Auburn warehouse and, as usual, the man was extremely busy, but graciously gave me a few minutes of his time.

Tom Kellar: I understand Re-start Ministries just passed a big milestone.

Wayne Worden: Yes, since we started in 2016 we’ve now helped over 800 families.

TK: Congratulations! What were the reasons driving you to get into this work?

WW: In 2015, I was involved in helping an Air Force vet who had been discharged early and lost his apartment. He, his wife and 14-year-old daughter had been living in their car. They had just found a house in Grass Valley to rent but had nothing else. I got involved with a few other people to get them the things they needed for their house. A couple of months later, I was sitting in my house one morning reading my Bible and I heard God say: “I have something I want you to do.” I said, “I don’t have time,” but God said: “No, I have something I want you to do.” Then I proposed the idea to my wife, then talked to a local pastor whose church did a lot of community service. I talked to a board member of the homeless shelter here in Auburn and they all said there is no one doing anything like the ministry I was thinking about.

TK: And that was the beginning?

WW: Yes. I started by handing out flyers at yard sales and told folks I would take anything that was leftover if they wanted to donate it to the ministry and that’s how we started.

TK: So you had no previous experience working in the nonprofit world, this work was just something God laid on your heart?

WW: I have a long background working with kids’ ministry at church, but had never operated a nonprofit.

TK: Who are the organizations that you regularly partner with?

WW: There are two dozen nonprofits I work with in Placer and Nevada counties. The ones I assist most are Community Beyond Violence, Hospitality House, The Booth Center, AMI Housing, The Gathering Inn, The Placer County Whole Person Care Unit and Stand Up Placer.

TK: Now that you’ve been doing this work awhile, what are some of the things you’ve learned from it?

WW: The payback for me has been watching the people that come through and the joy that they get from finally starting to get back on their feet. It’s usually taken all the money that they have to get into a place and they come in here and see all the stuff I have that’s available to them. It’s just a joy to watch them react. It allows me to share the love of God.

TK: What is the hardest part of what you do?

WW: Time management. (Laughing) There’s two things. Finances: I operate by donation. People give to the ministry monthly in order for me to pay the rent. I’ve never gotten to the point of being 100% sustainable. I was up to about 90%, but since COVID hit I’m back down to about 60%. I make up the difference. All the other expenses for gas, repairs, etc., I pay for. I don’t take anything out of the ministry. The other thing is manpower: I have a few guys I can call on for heavy lifting, but a lot of it I do by myself. For the month of October I had 27 clients come through. That means 27 meetings, 27 deliveries and I had 36 people donating, so that meant 36 pickups. That means I don’t have too much time left in the day to put things away, so that means I have boxes of things I still need to deal with. I could always use help to pick up the big stuff, make some deliveries and also to clean things as I bring them in.

TK: What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming a Re-start Ministries volunteer.

WW: I would like to eventually develop a list of people who have strong backs and could volunteer at least one day a month to come and drive the trucks, do the pick-ups and deliveries. That would allow me to stay in the warehouse and meet clients, put things away and do repairs. That’s my goal, to get together a list of 30 people who would give me at least one day per month.

TK: What’s the best way for someone who wants to donate money or volunteer to reach you?

WW: They can just call me. My number is 530-906-9120.

TK: Looking out into the future, what is in store for Re-start Ministries? How long do you see yourself doing this work?

WW: I have no plans on quitting. (Laughing) Retirement is not an option, I’ve already retired. I would like to have someone who feels called to come join me and share the burden some. Right now I’m doing 10 to 11 hours a day, five days a week.

TK: Like most of us in the nonprofit world, I’m assuming you probably have a favorite story?

WW: Just before COVID hit a single mom came to the warehouse. She was escaping domestic violence, having to leave her home in a hurry. She had been living in a crisis shelter, then gotten an apartment. She came in with her 12-year-old son. Like most of the people who come here, she was overwhelmed when she saw the amount of stuff that I had. She was walking around with that deer in the headlights look. Her son was saying, “Mom, we could use this, mom, we could use that.” Her son finally moved to the back of the warehouse where the toys are. I had picked most of them up well over a month earlier and I couldn’t remember where I’d gotten them. So the boy is standing there and he says, “Mom, there’s my toys,” and it turned out they really were. They were the toys he’d been forced to leave behind when his mother escaped. (Wayne pauses, both of us becoming misty eyed.) It doesn’t get any better than that.

At this time, Wayne’s three storage spots are literally filled to the rafters with donated furniture, appliances and housewares. The best way a reader can help Wayne and Re-start Ministries is by donating time, money or both. As someone who has seen up close the profound effect Wayne has on the clients he serves, I can attest to the significance his work has in our community. Donate to Wayne — 530-906-9120. Your heart will be glad you did.

Tom Kellar has been a Nevada County housing case manager for eight years. He currently works for Community Beyond Violence in Grass Valley.

County acquires Tahoe property as part of ‘Project Homekey’

Last week, Placer County completed purchase of the 7 Pines Motel in Kings Beach, a 14-unit motel that will be converted into permanent supportive housing to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the North Tahoe region.

The $1.45 million purchase was funded through a variety of grant programs including Homekey, the state’s $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties – and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The effort followed Project Roomkey, the state’s effort to secure motel and hotel rooms for those most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Some of the most vulnerable in our community will not only get a roof over their heads, but also the ongoing support so they can thrive,” said Dr. Rob Oldham, director of Placer County Health and Human Services. “I appreciate the partnerships that have come together to make this project a reality.”

The motel will be owned and managed by AMI Housing, a local nonprofit group that has deep experience working on permanent supportive housing projects for homeless clientele in the region. Homeless people with the most vulnerability will receive priority screening and placement, and will pay a fixed percentage of their income towards rent. Placements will be filled using the waitlist from the homeless resource helpline, a telephone hotline that helps assess homeless callers’ levels of need and connects them with housing and other resources. There will be a property manager and case management to support residents on-site. Other FAQs about permanent supportive housing projects in Placer County are available here.

The 7 Pines property is conveniently located next to social services and within walking distance for shopping, food and public transportation. The county has worked with local safety net providers and other stakeholders to keep them informed throughout the process.

“As we have seen, growth in homelessness is not just an urban challenge, but a rural one too, and this project will help us provide assistance to keep people housed and with services to prevent them from falling into homelessness,” said District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson.

El Dorado supervisors plan to cap VHRs

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — El Dorado County Supervisors on Tuesday took the first step in amending the vacation home rental ordinance in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including a cap on the amount allowed.

Supervisors narrowly passed the first reading of an amendment to the VHR ordinance during their Nov. 17 meeting. The ordinance which regulates the VHRs in the basin outside of South Lake Tahoe city limits, adds a cap on the number of VHR permits issued.

While they were in agreement that the ordinance needed to be updated, they disagreed on where the cap for permits should be placed.

The amendment was originally written with a cap of 1,050 which would account for 12% of the housing stock. District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel, who represents the area, wanted to keep the cap at 12%.

However, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen put forth a motion that would take the cap down to 900 which is about 10%. Currently, the county has about 720 active VHRs in the basin.

The motion to cap at 900 passed 3-2 with Supervisors Brian Veerkamp and Novasel voting no.

When writing the ordinance, staff, with the help of Novasel, considered whether the number should be regulated by a hard cap or clustering the VHRs so they could only be present in certain neighborhoods, similar to what the city did with Measure T and the designated tourist core.

While they went with the hard cap, supervisors asked staff to come back in December with recommendations on how they could implement clustering instead. Staff will have to get creative because unlike the city, the county doesn’t have a designated tourist core area and is much more rural and spread out.

Another issue raised several times by public comment was the fee for fire inspections being too high with one commenter calling it a “money grab.” He said the fire department spent 5 minutes inspecting his house and he received a bill for over $600.

While the county does not set that fee, Novasel said she will meet with Lake Valley Fire Protection District to negotiate a lowered fee. She would also like to see them lump in the defensible space inspection along with the fire inspection.

The amendment will be brought back for a second reading at the next meeting on Dec. 2.

Laney Griffo is a reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.

Truckee adopts Short-Term Rental and Noise Ordinance

On Oct. 13 Truckee Town Council voted to adopt a new Short-Term Rental and Noise Ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to create rules to address nuisance issues associated with STRs. It also creates the framework to register STR operators and enforce the new regulations. The full ordinance is available at https://www.townoftruckee.com/STR_regs.

An annual STR registration certificate and registration fee will be required for all STRs operating in Truckee, beginning Jan. 1. Regulations put forth in the ordinance include occupancy limits, on-site paved parking requirements, a minimum of two-can trash service and interior posting requirements. Homes registered for short-term rental will be required to install a bear resistant trash enclosure by Oct. 31. New town-wide noise regulations, including quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. will also be imposed.

To ensure compliance with fire codes and defensible space requirements, each short-term rental will require an annual self-certification and a Truckee Fire Protection District inspection once every three years.

A Short-Term Rental Helpline will be established for the public to report and resolve violations. To ensure that complaints are promptly resolved, each short-term rental operator will provide a contact person who will be required to respond by telephone within 30 minutes following a complaint. An administrative penalty of up to $500 per day may be imposed for each violation of the ordinance and up to $1,000 per day for each subsequent violation. The Town may issue fines to the STR owner or guests, if the guests are deemed to have committed the violation. The Town may deny or suspend a STR registration certificate, and if three citations have been issued for violations within a 12-month period as one property, the Town will revoke a registration certificate for a 12-month period.

The Town began the expedited process of creating a permit program in early August in response to heightened community interest and concern. Planning for ordinance implementation and enforcement has begun and the registration program is set to go live in December 2020.

Source: The Town of Truckee

Placer County officials eye Kings Beach motel purchase

Placer County officials plan to convert a Kings Beach motel into housing for homeless people.

The 14-room 7 Pines Motel, 279 Bear St., would serve people experiencing homelessness who have mental health issues.

The county will use Homekey funding, awarded this month; $1.3 million in CARES Act funds; and $83,000 in Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention funds to pay for the purchase and operation of the site.

Supervisors this month approved a not-to-exceed amount of $1.6 million for the purchase.

Nevada County supervisors have a similar plan for a Grass Valley motel.

Next week they’ll decide whether to purchase the Coach N’ Four motel and convert it into 18 units of temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Last week the county was awarded $2.8 million as part of the state’s Project Homekey, which set aside $600 million for public entities to buy and rehabilitate property for housing.

According to Housing Director Mike Dent, the county submitted two applications for motel purchases to the state program, with the Coach N’ Four motel, at 628 S Auburn St., Grass Valley, project going forward as a recommendation to the board next Tuesday.

While the state has awarded money for the project, Dent stresses the situation is still fluid.

“There is no purchase agreement in place,” Dent said. “These things are all actively in motion right now.”

Adding to the uncertainty, the county will have to close escrow on the property by Dec. 30, per state deadline.

“It’s an incredible deadline,” Dent said. “We’re doing all we can, but this process is extremely condensed.”

The county plans to partner with AMI Housing on the project to include a housing navigation program, supportive services and 24/7 on-site management.

After two years the county hopes to renovate the motel into 20 units of permanent affordable housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, with a focus on families, seniors, or veterans.

“It’s a good opportunity to take this motel and eventually convert it into affordable housing,” Dent said. “It doesn’t have the best reputation… It seems like any investment we make into the hotel would be an improvement in the neighborhood.”

John Orona is a staff writer for The Union, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email jorona@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

Outdoorsy remote workers find new home in Tahoe

When the pandemic hit back in March, Nic Owens’ job at a renewable infrastructure company in San Francisco, like so many others, transitioned to work-from-home. Though his company could be flexible at times with remote working in pre-COVID times, it wasn’t the norm, nor was it something that Owens was entirely excited about.

“Personally, I didn’t think I would thrive working from home,” said Owens. “But it ended up working out.”

Unfortunately, actually owning his own home to work remotely from in the Bay Area was not an option.

“I always knew that no matter how much I make, I don’t think I’d be able to afford property in San Francisco. Even if I did have the money, I don’t think that’s what the value of the home should be. It would just be so hard to justify that,” explained Owens. “Tahoe has always been like a second home to me. I grew up coming here a lot, especially in the winter. It’s been a dream of mine to live up here full time.”

After getting the green light from his company to work remotely permanently — something other coworkers took advantage of, too, fleeing back to their home states out east — he purchased a fixer upper house in South Lake Tahoe and moved up at the end of July. He plans to find a couple of roommates to share the space once he finishes some renovations.

Since the start of the pandemic, stories of families moving into second homes in resort towns and newly remote workers relocating to rural locales have consistently graced headlines across the nation, including anecdotal accounts of the “exodus” of the Bay Area to communities around Lake Tahoe. Most recently, Bloomberg penned a piece entitled, “Work-Anywhere Shift Has Wealthy Tech Crowd Invading Lake Tahoe.” It goes on to report, one could argue hyperbolically, that Big Blue is “swarming with Bay Area residents who may stay for the long term.”

“We’re seeing a lot of people come to make their Tahoe dreams come true,” said Rhonda Keen, president of the South Tahoe Association of Realtors. “For my clients, it’s kind of heartwarming because I’m seeing people that have always wanted to live here, and now they finally can because the job has decided to go full-time remote or at least remote until the end of the year and they’ll figure it out after that.”

Though many come from the Bay Area, Keen said she also has had clients from Texas, Arizona, and Southern California. (She’s also worked with a number of local residents who’ve found themselves with different housing needs after months of sheltering in place.)

With real estate initially not considered an essential business and Lake Tahoe closed to non-residents for an extended period, the market was at a standstill for much of the spring, but the summer months quickly heated up, according to STAR’s reports. In June through August, 374 sales occurred, compared to 200 during the same period in 2019. In July, there were 206 single family listings with 151 in escrow, versus 322 active listings in July 2019 with 77 in escrow — more than 100 fewer listings were available, but double the number of properties in escrow.

Home prices have risen, too, with the median home value coming in at roughly $476,078 in August, according to Zillow — a 4.2% increase from the same month last year. On the North Shore, Incline Village’s median price rose 5.8% to $968,564 during the same time period.

When the pandemic hit, Landing Locals, an online platform connecting second and vacation rental home owners with residents looking for longer-term leases, was “busier than ever,” said cofounder Kai Frolich. Frolich started the tech company with her husband, Colin, after moving to Truckee two years ago from the Bay Area and seeing empty second homes, but struggling to find housing themselves.

“In the last month and a half a majority of people say that the reason they need to find a house is because their current rental is being sold because owners want to take advantage of the hot real estate market,” explained Frolich.

Though Landing Local’s focus is on finding housing for the current local population, they do field inquiries from people trying to relocate to Tahoe either temporarily or permanently.

“One of the shifts that I have seen that’s different from what we’ve been seeing since May is that all of sudden on 12-month and 9-month leases people from elsewhere are inquiring and saying, ‘I actually don’t know what my work situation is going to be, I really want to be in Tahoe but only for the next six months because I want to move back to San Francisco’ or ‘I might need to move back for my job,’” noted Frolich.

For David Kroodsma, his family’s trial year in South Lake Tahoe was something they’d cooked up before the pandemic since both he and his wife already worked remotely from their home in Oakland.

“Then the pandemic hit, and we weren’t sure we were going to do it anymore, and it of course became harder to find places to rent because there was such a higher demand for people wanting to do the same thing,” said Kroodsma. “The amount we could rent out our home in Oakland for had also gone down.”

But eventually Kroodsma found a rental, enrolled his two daughters in daycare, and has been enjoying having access to the outdoors right out his backdoor.

“I’ve always wanted to live in the mountains, and Tahoe was the obvious choice because you could stay close to the Bay Area, keep the same friends, or go back to the office if you needed to a day or two a month,” noted Kroodsma. “We talked to people who lived here first before doing so, and our impression is that this area is pretty tied to the Bay Area. Some people might not like that, but it’s the largest area from where people come from.”

“There’s lots of stories of people [moving to Tahoe], but I don’t actually think there are that many people doing it. I just think it’s more than normal,” added Kroodsma.

Though Kroodsma loves the shift in lifestyle, he said the plan is still to return to Oakland where his friends and family are, as well as the flexibility to change jobs if he chooses to in the future.

Claire McArthur is a Staff Writer for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication to the Sierra Sun.

Truckee Town Council hears first reading of short-term rental ordinance

At its Tuesday meeting, Truckee Town Council engaged in a roughly four-hour discussion revolving around the town’s short-term rental policy.

Short-term rentals, defined as housing units rented for less than 31 consecutive nights, have operated in town for several years, but have increased by 81% from 2012 to 2018.

The new regulations, not yet in effect, will again be heard at a later Town Council meeting in October. They would set rules designed to minimize nuisance issues such as overflow parking, trash, noise, and occupancy levels. The ordinance would also create a framework for license operators. Finally, the ordinance would establish a higher level of accountability on short-term rental operators.

Last month, the town published a public review draft ordinance, and more than 300 individuals voiced concerns regarding the length of the commenting period, whether the ordinance would discriminate against certain types of properties, COVID-19 restrictions, accessory dwelling units, registration fees, and enforcement.

Of the comments received, town staff said 171 were generally in support of the measure, and 43 were opposed. Public comments also raised concerns on whether a short-term rental ban would increase long-term rental availability.

Among the topics discussed were the language centered on accessory dwelling units and the town’s newly adopted Long-Term Rental Program, which is designed to convert short-term rentals into long-term units for locals. Town staff estimates there are roughly 100 legal accessory dwelling units within Truckee.

The ordinance also includes a maximum occupancy limit for short-term rentals, limiting usage to two people per bedroom plus two additional individuals, excluding children under 5 years old. There are also operational standards that include a designated contact person, requirements that limit on-street parking, trash services, and a future bear shed requirement.

Ultimately, the Town Council approved of the language via a 4-to-1 vote. Councilman Tony Commendatore was the lone dissenter.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2643.

More housing vacant in Truckee than Nevada County, state of California

With 304 residential units under construction, the town of Truckee’s vacancy rate is currently 50.8% for its 13,401 housing units.

That’s in comparison to a 7.4% vacancy rate for the state and a 21.1% vacancy rate for all of Nevada County.

Those numbers and more were discussed by the Truckee Town Council after it received an update from staff on development within the community.

“There’s a lot of concern we hear about growth — concerns from a lot of people who have been here a long time, concerns about losing our small town flavor,” said Councilman David Tirman.

“The real challenge for us going forward, and looking forward and looking at all these projects, is how we manage that growth,” he added. “It has to be done in a very measured, careful, thoughtful way. I feel like with our general plan process that we’re on … we’re on a path to helping ensure growth is managed.”

MORE ON THE WAY

The California Department of Finance estimated the town had a population of 16,136 in 2019, and, based off town records, there were 13,401 housing units. This year town staff estimates the population will grow to 16,242, along with 13,485 housing units.

Housing units under construction include the Boulders Condominiums Phase IV, which will provide an additional 43 units; Coburn Crossing, which still has landscaping and outdoor recreational amenities under construction, but had residents in 2019 under a temporary certificate of occupancy; the Spring Creek subdivision; Greenwood Planned Development Project at Sutter’s Trail; and Truckee Artists Lofts, the first approved project within the Railyard Master Plan Area in 2016; among others.

An additional 259 residential units have land use approvals, but have yet to start construction. Those include several projects at Old Greenwood, 68 multi-family residential units as part of Frishman Hollow II, 79 multi-family and single-family units as part of the Cold Stream Specific Plan in the Donner Lake area, and 49 units at The Village at Gray’s Crossing.

There are also a number of residential projects under consideration at this time, including the Jibboom Street Residential Project, which would consist of four-buildings and 83 units; Soaring Ranch Phase 2, which would include 61 market-rate residential units and eight affordable housing units; Truckee Springs, a proposal that includes options for 80 multi-family residential units and four single-family lots or 44 single-family residential units; and the Donner Lake 6, which is a six-unit, multi-family residential project on Donner Lake Road, behind Donner Pines West.

Of the town’s nonresidential projects, there were 19 under construction throughout the year, accounting for 273,149 square feet of work. Those projects included the new Raley’s, the Truckee Artist Lofts at the Railyard, Grocery Outlet, the Marriott Springhill Suites, which is the largest at 68,410 square feet, and several others.

There are also eight projects with non-residential floor space that have land use entitlements, including High Altitude Fitness, which recently broke ground on its 25,156-square-foot planned building; Old Trestle Restaurant on West River Street; the Railyard Theater, which will feature a 12,130-square-foot, three-screen movie theater and performing arts area; and The Village at Gray’s Crossing, which includes an 83,371-square-foot, 129-unit hotel with conference center and commercial space.

There are also six major partial or non-residential projects under consideration. Those projects are Hotel Avery, a 32,402-square-foot, 20-room hotel with a restaurant on the Truckee River on the northwest corner of Brockway Road and South River Street; the Jibboom Street Residential Project, which is a proposed four-building, 83-unit multi-family residential project that includes 500 square feet of commercial space; Railyard Market Square’s Station Building and Market Building, which are a proposed 50,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building on the west side of the Railyard Master Plan area, and a 35,000-square-foot mixed-use building with a 20,000-square-foot grocery store and outdoor plaza on the east side of the Railyard Master Plan area; Soaring Ranch Phase 2, which included four buildings with 31,523 square feet of commercial space along with 69 residential units; and the Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company Redevelopment, which proposes to demolish the existing office and retail location, and redevelop over 20,000 square feet of non-residential space for retail, offices, and a restaurant.

In total, there are more than 1,000 licensed contractors in the Truckee and North Tahoe areas, according to Pat Davison, Truckee North Tahoe government affairs manager for the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe.

“The architects and the banks — are the banks seeing loan applications come in like normal?” said Davison on moving forward through the outbreak of COVID-19. “We’ll probably all look back at COVID and say, ‘Remember when, because the way it’s changed the way we’ve done things.”

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2643.