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Council considers home’s designation

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Truckee Town Council will consider the fate of another downtown structure in its meeting tonight.

David and Gina Taylor and Dave Giacomini, owners of the building at 10098 Jibboom Street, are requesting that the council make a determination on the structure’s historic significance now, before the historic resources inventory is updated.

The owners hope to build a new office structure on the site, and have already submitted a demolition permit for the building.

“Because the building was built before 1940, it is protected from demolition or removal by the standards of the Downtown Specific Plan zoning ordinance,” Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook stated in a report to council.

He said the owners’ options are to apply for a certificate of economic hardship, which can only be granted if the planning commission makes all mandatory findings, or wait until the Historic Resources Inventory is updated and the council determines that the building does not merit special protection.

The building, known to some as “Dot’s Place,” has reputed links to the colorful history of Jibboom Street, but the draft copy of the Historic Resources Inventory concludes that it is not contributory due to modifications and renovations over the years.

It was built in the 1920s.

Lashbrook recommended that the council take no action on the owners’ request, because council certification of the building as “non-historic” would require an amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan.

He said the amendment to the specific plan would require three to four months to process – only one to two months less than the time to review the inventory update.

He also said approval of demolition would remove options for the town during the inventory update and would deprive the town of valuable information which would come out of the public hearings on the update.

In addition, the current draft of the Historic Resources inventory is only a recommendation to council, and may change based on the public input, Lashbrook said.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m.


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