‘Dot’s Place’ is history
Demolished only two weeks ago, the old brothel known as “Dot’s place” on Jibboom Street may soon be developed in cooperation with an adjacent property.
David Giacomini, the current owner of the parcel known as Dot’s place, and Stefanie Olivieri, owner of the adjacent parcel known as the “tin can,” which is just west of Dot’s place, have cooperated on a new plan that has been filed with the Town of Truckee.
“The original plan was approved,” Town of Truckee Associate Planner Gavin Ball said Friday. “Subsequent to approval (Giacomini) started talking to the neighboring property owner with revised designs that would share parking with the tin can parcel.”
The new design calls for a shared driveway – the biggest part of the joint plan, Ball said – shared pedestrian access, snow storage, landscaping and parking.
“They will have to get approval again,” he said, but that the plan bodes well with the town because it provides higher density structures adjacent to the street, cooperation with neighbors and historical design similar to the esthetics of the previous structure.
Olivieri partnered with Suzanne Distruel to form Historic Properties, a development company working to rehabilitate the design and architecture of historic buildings. The company plans to improve on the design by orientating the length of the building along the street, providing more storefront area and moving the parking to the back.
“Hopefully, when we redesign Jibboom Street in the future, we will have a new street-scape with parallel parking,” Olivieri said. Olivieri hopes the rehabilitation project will set a precedent for how replicating older buildings with new materials can satisfy development and historic goals.
Olivieri said her architects have taken extensive measurements, and will be replicating major portions of the house, including the front porch, windows and doors.
“The project will achieve what we are trying to accomplish downtown,” Hall said.
Giacomini is the owner of Sierra Mountain Mortgage, and will likely move his business to the new building. Olivieri, who currently owns several properties on or near Commercial Row, will develop the tin can into storefront retail space, offices, and a single residential dwelling upstairs.
The Historical Preservation Advisory Commission reviewed the revised proposal last night. If no major problems were presented, Ball envisions the community development director approving the application soon. Construction could begin as early as this spring.
Olivieri said the tin can got its name because it had tin on the siding and roof.
“It was used for fireproofing,” she said. “They used to make bootleg liquor and wine it there. It was a business.”
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