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Commercial construction permits up

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Town of Truckee Planning Department permit application records indicate that Truckee’s residential growth has been more steady than rapid in the past 15 years, while commercial development projects have increased substantially in the past three years.

The town issued 310 residential building permits in 1999, 13 more than the 15 year average of 297. Since 1998, the town issued 97 commercial building permits, almost twice the average since Truckee incorporated.

“We’re growing,” Town Planner Duane Hall said. “We’ve got a lot of building permit activities. This year, however, we didn’t have too much activity in regards to commercial development, but next year we’re anticipating a considerable amount of commercial development.”

The completion of the Holiday Inn Express and initiation of the first phase of the Gateway East project mark the two largest commercial developments of 1999, Hall said, but the number of commercial building permits issued in the past two years indicates that commercial development over the next year will increase.

In addition to the 300 or more homes expected to be built in the upcoming year, Truckee’s growth is expected to continue in the following areas through the year 2000:

– The Truckee-Sierra Resort Project, recently approved by the town’s planning department, is expected to begin construction as soon as possible, sometime around May 1, Hall said.

The project, located on both sides of Interstate 80 west of the Prosser Village Road interchange, includes 235 recreation cabins, a community lodge, recreational facilities, approximately 526 acres of open space and housing for 60 percent of the employees generated by the project.

– Construction of the Riverview Homes affordable housing project is also expected to continue in the spring, providing 39 single-family homes near the public works corporation yard and the Truckee Pines apartments.

– The Truckee Falls Golf Course on Northwoods Boulevard will be completed and open for business in 2000. This is the only public 18-hole course in Truckee.

– Phase I of the Gateway East Mixed-use Project is expected to continue in the months to come, Hall said. Gateway East, located across from the McIver Meadow on Donner Pass Road, will provide 5,500 square feet of retail space at street level, 5,800 square feet of office space on the second level and two residential units on the third level, each comprising about 1,400 square feet of living space. All parking will be concealed behind the building.

Other work anticipated for the town of Truckee includes completion of the development code, implementation of the air quality management plan strategy, continued work on the Trails Master Plan and continued public hearings on the PC-2 development project along Highway 89 and I-80, Hall said.


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