Downtown development moves forward
Development plans for Brickelltown and Old Chinatown, two downtown areas with historical significance, received positive reviews from the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission last Wednesday, but only the Brickelltown development will move to the next hearing body.
The Advisory Commission voted 5-2 to approve a new multi-building commercial development proposed by Tom Grossman, the property owner. The recommendation will be forwarded to the Planning Commission meeting April 11.
Located at 10320 and 10344 Donner Pass Road just past Commercial Row, the development would comprise about 8,000 square feet of new floor space spread in three two-story buildings.
Grossman originally proposed demolition of the existing structures about two years ago, but did not have a replacement project to proceed, said Gavin Ball, associate planner with the Town of Truckee.
Although the project has been approved, some Advisory Commission members are not convinced the project is satisfactory.
“I didn’t like all the blacktop, and I didn’t like the dormers,” said Sharon Pace Arnold, one of the two commissioners to vote against approving the project.
The Advisory Commission made several clarification or recommendations as part of approval: the on-site maple tree should be preserved; a sign plan should be approved by the commission before installation; revised plans and information from the Advisory Commission meeting should be incorporated into the final project approval, and metal clad windows should be required.
Meanwhile, workers removed asbestos siding on the existing, unoccupied houses this week, one of the only allowed changes before a replacement project is approved.
Discussion over two new single family residences, associated access and landscaping improvements within the area known as Old Chinatown was continued without action to the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee meeting March 28.
Two residences, located at 10057 and 10041 Southeast River Street adjacent to the bridge, have been proposed on two of the eight developable parcels. A ninth parcel will be used for storage.
The design elements for the area will incorporate a mix of Victorian, Old Chinatown and simple cottage themes.
If the Advisory Commission issues a ruling March 28, the recommendation will be forwarded to the community development director for approval.
For more information contact the Community Development Department at (530) 582-7820.
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