Council purchases town hall site
Truckee Town Council approved 4-0 the purchase of the former SierraWest Bank headquarters as a new town hall site in a meeting Monday, May 8 – at a price of about $5.2 million.
The building, which Bank of the West acquired in its merger with SierraWest Bank last year, has about 31,000 square feet of office space, Town Manager Steve Wright said.
Wright said the remodel of the building for town offices will probably cost about $900,000, in addition to the purchase price.
“Part of the building will remain leased to private business,” he said. “We will be occupying about 11,000 square feet.”
He said Bank of the West will continue to lease about 25 percent of the building, and the rest is currently occupied by a mix of small firms, including lawyers and architects.
“The primary town offices will be on the first floor, and the council chambers will be on the second floor,” he said.
The move is a huge increase in space for the town staff, who have shared 8,000 square feet of space at the Truckee-Donner Public Utility
District since incorporation in 1993.
“We’ll close escrow on June 13,” Wright said. He said the remodel work will take about three months, and town staff could occupy their new offices by the the end of September or the middle of October.
The building is located on Airport Road off Highway 267 – just a stone’s throw from the Placer County line.
Wright said the completion of the Highway 267 bypass will greatly improve the accessibility of the building.
Mayor Maia Schneider did not participate in the vote due to an excused absence.
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