Council gives thumbs up to Jibboom project |

Council gives thumbs up to Jibboom project

Plans to build three two-story commercial buildings and a restaurant reconstructing the old, ramshackled motel on Jibboom Street, were approved on Thursday by the Truckee Town Council.

Despite concerns the project would overload a downtown parking situation that is already problematic, the council applauded the 36 on-site spaces planned for the project. The development team will also improve 12 off-site spaces next to Trout Creek Park – getting credit for 9 spaces – and pay in-lieu-of fees for the remaining 15 spaces they will not provide.

Town staff noted that the daytime retail and office use of the commercial buildings and the mostly nighttime traffic at the restaurant will make the 36 spaces more satisfactory than if the building was receiving all of its traffic at the same time. Developers hoped that by the time the second phase of construction on the project begins, the downtown parking situation will be on track for a long-term solution.

The Truckee Planning Commission approved the project in a 4-1 vote on Nov. 12, after significant discussion over parking and architecture; however, the project approved by the commission had already changed dramatically to deal with neighborhood complaints and other objections. The original proposal planned a residential component of nine single-family homes on High Street, as well as two additional commercial buildings.

The project attracted no public comment before approval, as it seemed all controversial issues had been resolved during Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and planning commission meetings.

“I think this is an incredible example of a project that went through evolution,” said Mayor Josh Susman.

The project was determined exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act. The motel on the corner of High and Jibboom Streets will be deconstructed, a new building mimicking the old motel will be built using as much of the salvageable materials from the motel as possible. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant building will be moved six feet back from the current location, leaving room for a wide sidewalk.

In other news…

Phase II of Truckee River Trail

The council approved a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Truckee River Legacy Trail section that will stretch from the Truckee Sanitary District’s bridge to the Riverview Sports Park.

The paved trail, which will be constructed on land owned by four different local agencies, will be 14 feet wide with a parallel unpaved section for mountain bikers and equestrians

“This project is shaping up to be a shining example of interagency cooperation,” said Town Engineer Dan Wilkins. “My projection is that this trail will be in operation by the end of next summer.”

The fact that the trail will run through a portion of the 100-year floodplain, should not hinder the project, because the trail will not be raised above ground level in that portion, Wilkins said.

“As far as I know, the Lahontan [Regional Water Quality Control Board] issues are dealt with on the project, and the 100-year floodplain will not be an issue,” Wilkins said. Whether or not the regional water quality board will allow the trail to be built in the 100-year floodplain area, will be decided at its February meeting.

The trail will be the second phase of a project planners hope will eventually connect Donner Lake with Glenshire.

Chief Dan Boon Honored

In a ceremony attended by almost 20 police officers, retired chief Dan Boon was honored for his service as Truckee’s first police chief at the town council meeting Thursday. Mayor Josh Susman presented Boon with a certificate, and an officer presented him with an American flag that had flown over the state capitol.

“It seems like I just got here and now I’m leaving,” said Boon. “Sometimes labors of love move very, very quickly.”

Boon thanked his wife and those he worked with at the department.

“It was the pinnacle of my career and I will cherish it always,” he said.

Former Cmdr. Scott Berry has assumed the police chief position, replacing Boon.

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