Blue Sky commercial projects move to planning commission
Truckee’s Blue Sky Homes can add “historic building design and remodel” to its list of services.
After restoring the McGwinn house (Blue Sky’s new office) in Historic Downtown and receiving approval to restore the Titus house (its old office), Blue Sky Owner Mitch Clarin proposed the construction of two commercial buildings on High Street.
Because the buildings are in the “historic district,” Clarin and project architect Craig Threshie, an architect and partner with Alpen Environs, had to bring the proposal to the Truckee Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. On Wednesday, HPAC approved the project and sent a positive recommendation to the Truckee Planning Commission.
While the HPAC commissioners were mostly concerned with the size of the two buildings – much larger than the adjacent buildings – they passed it through unanimously.
Clarin said he was extremely happy and was looking forward to the planning commission hearing.
The only addition to the approval was a recommendation that the planning commission review the landscape and parking plans.
Relying on a drawing by Threshie, the HPAC members thought the landscape plan was adequate enough to conceal the project’s size when viewed from Donner Pass Road.
Also, while the members were concerned with the amount of paving Clarin had proposed for parking spots on the north side of High Street, it was pointed out that Blue Sky did not own that property, and the parking spots would be a benefit to the community.
“Instead of in-lieu-of dollars, we’re proposing putting something on the ground,” Clarin said of the proposed parking.
The buildings will be located directly behind Blue Sky’s office, and Blue Sky will add a staircase from the new buildings on High Street to the Blue Sky office on Donner Pass Road.
Another issue that arose during the hearing regarded the tenants of the proposed buildings. Clarin said he hopes to keep the new buildings occupied by home-type commercial businesses, like a title company, an architect, an interior decorator, or another related business.
“The theory is to keep everything in home services,” he said after Blue Sky’s first HPAC hearing, which was continued because the commission lacked a quorum.
While HPAC has recommended the project to the planning commission, Truckee Associate Planner Heidi Scoble said the project probably will not be heard until January or February.
A formal application has not been filed, Scoble said, and Blue Sky and Alpen Environs will be required to create an environmental review.
“They will probably also have to do a traffic study, which can take a lot of time,” Scoble said.
For more information on Blue Sky Homes, visit http://www.blueskyhomes.com.
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