110-room hotel project up and running in Truckee
Development of the Barsell property may begin as soon as this spring.
Plans for the property, located at the Interstate 80/ Donner Pass Road interchange adjacent to the Truckee Cemetery, include a 110-room Marriot Residence Inn, commercial retail and office space, as well as some residential units.
“It looks like things are clicking into place. Marriot is interested in the site, and infrastructure is getting closer,” said Town Planner Duane Hall.
Development of the property faced challenges in the past, however.
Hall said a Kmart store was proposed for the site in the 80’s, which was first denied by eastern Nevada County’s Planning Commission, then approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The Mountain Area Preservation Foundation was formed in response, filing a lawsuit against the county, Hall said. The project was withdrawn shortly afterward, he said.
“That issue was substantial to the incorporation of Truckee,” Hall said.
Later, property owner Rich Barsell disputed the land use and density requirements created by the Downtown Specific Plan, Hall said, and filed suit shortly after the 1997 adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan.
In a settlement in 1999, an agreement kept the basic land use the same, but increased density to allow for more development, Hall said.
Since then the project has stayed at a relative standstill due to major infrastructure requirements, and the marketing and economic issues surrounding the building of a hotel, Hall said. But the project is now moving forward.
Project Manager Jerry Kates from Cathexes LLC, said the project already has design approval from five years ago, and just needs final approval to make sure the development is still consistent with town policy.
“We are looking to start construction as soon as we can ” we anticipate starting this spring,” Kates said. “After that it should take about 12 months to build-out.”
The 110-room hotel will be three stories tall at its highest, and the commercial/ residential will be a two story “live-work” area with retail and offices on the first floor with housing above, Kates said.
The site would maintain about 50 percent landscaped open space, he said, with the buildings distributed throughout the 11-acre property.
Currently the town is discussing with Barsell the completion of infrastructure connections to the property, including a roundabout that would serve both the Barsell development project and the town’s corporation yard, Hall said.
Part of the discussion addresses the use of five-years-worth of transient occupancy tax (tax on hotel room rental) from the Marriot to be used for the roundabout construction, he said.