Airport business park moves toward approval: ‘Town and Country’ owner endures three leases over three years while waiting for county OK
August 14, 2003
After three years, three different leases and a wide variety of proposed designs and tenants, Rich Scardigli’s Town and Country Business Park was approved by the Placer County Zoning Administrator Aug. 7 – taking the project closer to approval.
Although the project still has to travel through the planning commission and board of supervisors, Scardigli, who owns the land, is optimistic about his chances. He said he has had great difficulty getting it approved over the last three years, but it finally looks like the project will go through as planned.
“The county moves at its own pace. You have to jump through many, many hoops,” Scardigli said. After putting together several different proposals, he said he thought he had jumped through the hoops and gotten on the fast track. However, he said, “There is no fast track in this county. I’ve developed four other places in the meantime.”
One of those proposals – which made it to the Aug. 7 zoning administrator meeting – featured Western Nevada Supply as one of the proposed tenants. However Scardigli and Western Nevada Supply General Manager Rick Reviglio said the approval process took too long for Western Nevada Supply to stay with the project. The building supplier backed out.
The project is planned for the corner of Brockway Road (State Route 267) and Truckee Airport Road. It calls for approximately 36,000 square feet of building space on 10 acres.
Scardigli said there have been many different tenants planned for the area, but the plans now call for mostly personal services. “Basically, it’s business-orientated. It will have personal services, maybe a deli and Executive Motors, which I also own,” Scardigli said.
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He said he would like to have personal services, like the deli, a beauty shop and a massage therapist, for people who live in that area. “There are no personal services in that area. People have to go all the way into Truckee or over to Kings Beach,” Scardigli said.
Also, “I’m looking for something to do with the building industry,” Scardigli said. “The plans are drawn and it’s going through engineering. I’m taking leasing in the next month or so.”
There are four buildings in the plan, two of which will be two stories tall, one which will be one story and the fourth will have a mezzanine. Scardigli said he is finishing all of the buildings with wood, which should give it a “rustic” look. Executive Motors will take the rear building with the mezzanine.
Despite the troubles and delays he has experienced throughout the approval process, he doesn’t seem too worried. “I own [the land], but I just want to finish it for my boys.” His two sons, 15- and 12-years-old, will be given the business park, he said.
Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager said the project was approved by the zoning administrator with “landscaping and design issues.” Scardigli said he had taken precautions for this reason in the design of the buildings, so he “can move walls if I need to.”
The plan now will be heard at the Placer County Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 28.
For more information or for the agenda for the Placer County Planning Commission meeting, visit http://www.placer.ca.gov/planning/planning.htm.