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Grocery store one of three in development pipeline in Truckee

The backers of a controversial Grocery Outlet proposal on the west side of the Town of Truckee must wait until 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, before they learn if the project is going to proceed as planned.

That's because the time for a local resident or member of the Town of Truckee Council have until 5 p.m. Friday to appeal the project.

"Ten days after any decision," said Town of Truckee Assistant Planner Kirk Skierski on the amount of time given to appeal a decision by the planning commission.

The clock started ticking after the planning commission unanimously approved the grocery store proposal Tuesday, Feb. 20, after a more than four-hour hearing on the issue.

The hearing started off with a breakdown of the proposal from Skierski before architects and backers of the project talked about the grocery store.

"We are very proud of what has been designed," said Brad Hays of Capital Avenue Development of West Sacramento, which serves as the "applicant team" for the project.

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The 17,568-square-foot grocery store includes 11,600 square feet of gross retail area, 4,527 square feet of gross storage area, and more than 50 on-site parking spaces. No construction costs for the project have been released.

The project also features two residential components — one 530-square-foot, one-bedroom unit and one 788-square-foot, two-bedroom unit.

The Grocery Outlet is also designed differently than the usual blueprint, such as the store location in Carson City, Nev. The Grocery Outlet in Truckee has been designed to town standards, which means the exterior will have a more rustic, mountain feel and look.

However, the project has also drawn the ire of local residents who sounded off about the grocery store during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Residents cited a wide range of issues that new retail store would create, including an increase in traffic, an oversaturation of grocery stores in town, and noise. The Grocery Outlet would be located on 1.54 acres directly across from Safeway on Donner Pass Road at Vista Avenue.

Bud Arnold, who lives with his wife, Sharon, on Vista Avenue, said he didn't have a problem with the building proposal for the site, but he did question the wisdom of putting driveway for the grocery store on Vista Avenue.

"But the access on Vista Avenue, which is a residential street, should not be made onto a commercial property where their traffic is brought onto our street," he said.

He went on to note that anybody who lives in town and sees the entrances to businesses, such as Safeway and Save Mart Supermarket, knows vagrants and panhandlers have hands out with their signs.

"That's going to happen on Vista Avenue," he said.

The Grocery Outlet project is one of three grocery stores in the development pipeline in Truckee. A 35,704-square-foot Raley's grocery store is slated for 5.5 acres of a 16.3-acre parcel at the intersection of Highway 267 and Soaring Way, which is adjacent to Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The planning commission approved the project at a meeting on Jan. 23. However, the project was appealed. The town council took up the appeal at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, but the issue was continued until the council's next meeting on March 13.

The third grocery store proposal calls for a Nugget Markets to be built on 3.2 acres as part of the Railyard project off of Glenshire Drive adjacent to the east side of downtown Truckee.

The 35,000-square-foot grocery store was approved by the planning commission, and is in the development process.

Managing Editor Wyatt Haupt Jr. can be reached at 530-550-2652 or via email at whaupt@truckeesun.com.