Downtown herb shop to be restored |

Downtown herb shop to be restored

A historic Chinese herb shop location on the corner of East River Street and Brockway Road will be restored to its 1920s look, and will be separated from the garage structure that houses the Central Sierra Garage, according to a decision from Wednesday’s Town of Truckee Zoning Administrator meeting.

The applicants also received approval for a minor use permit to create five on-site parking spaces. The building reconstruction was determined to be exempt from California Environmental Quality Act requirements, as it was restoring the building to its historic nature. The herb shop was designated a Category B building, the second-highest level of historical significance. The garage will also be reconstructed to a “brick building” look, said Assistant Planner Denyelle Nishimori.

Neighboring residents’ concerns that the location could become a restaurant or other facility, prompted Zoning Administrator Tony Lashbrook to require the applicants to obtain another permit if they decide to use the location for anything other than retail or office uses. The location housed McCarthy’s Signs, which is now moving from the building

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A tentative map to subdivide 4.8 acres into four, single-family housing lots on Donner Lake Road was also approved at the meeting.

The proposal resolved wetland issues that were identified in the area, by increasing a setback to 20 feet on one lot and detailing drainage on the land.

The subdivision applicants will now incorporate the changes and improvements required by the zoning administrator into the final map.

Appeals on the project will be accepted up to Dec. 29.

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