Alder apartments get preliminary design |

Alder apartments get preliminary design

A cluster of 32 affordable apartments will be built away from wetlands that border Highway 89 north and Alder Drive.

Truckee residents got a peek of the preliminary design and architecture of the apartments, which are on the Town of Truckee’s fast track and may begin construction this summer.

Apartments will be affordable rentals low-income earners in town, generally households making less than $55,000 per year, said Andrea Clark, vice president of Pacific West Communities, the company leading the project.

The designers broke the apartments into seven buildings that hold four apartments and one building with eight apartments, all clustered near the corner of Highway 89 north and Donner Pass Road. The plans are preliminary, and architects and designers will be refining the project before it ends up before the Truckee Planning Commission on Aug. 1.

The initial design of the project got mixed reviews from the public. Some said the buildings were monotonous, and could be improved by rotating or moving the apartments around.

Kurt Reinkens, an architect who attended the workshop, said each building could be varied to resemble historic building patterns in town that represent a jumble of architectural styles. Reinkens said the project should avoid a master planned feel.

“We need to make this project an example to the community so people don’t say ‘not in my backyard,'” Reinkens said.

Clark said the developer will work with all of the suggestions, as much as possible, while keeping the project affordable.

“Some things are possible and some things are not,” she said.

The two-story apartments in the plans were approximately 28 feet high, said Clark. The project is proposing an earthen berm in between the project and Highway 89 north, so it is unclear how visible the apartments could be from the highway.

Truckee residents and neighbors will have a chance to comment on the proposal when the environmental study is complete and when the project is reviewed by the Planning Commission.

“It is very conceptual at this phase,” Clark said.

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