Frishman Hollow breaks new ground |

Frishman Hollow breaks new ground

The Town of Truckee broke ground Tuesday on a workforce housing project named for one of the area’s affordable housing pioneers.

Frishman Hollow, a 32-unit apartment development for lower-income tenants, is located between Pioneer Trail and Alder Drive on Highway 89 north, and initial infrastructure groundwork begins this summer.

Named for Ruth Frishman, one of the area’s earliest proponents of affordable housing, the project is the undertaking of a partnership between the town, Pacific West Communities, and the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, located on land donated by East West Partners.

“This is the perfect place for us to start our first affordable housing project as a community,” said President Breeze Cross of the housing association at the ground breaking.

Rachelle Pellissier, the association’s executive director, said this is the first time the organization has partnered in a development.

“We started as an advocacy group, and now we have expanded our roles into development and housing services,” Pellissier said.

Frishman, one of the founding members of the nonprofit workforce housing group, passed away two years ago, but was instrumental in much of the affordable housing either on the ground or in the works today, Cross said.

Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens said Frishman was years ahead of the curve on housing affordability.

“She had affordable hosing on her radar 20 years before it became the issue du jour for the rest of us,” Owens said. “Perhaps if we had listened 20 years ago we might be that much further ahead of the curve, but many didn’t believe it would be an issue.”

Former Truckee Mayor Maia Schneider said Frishman was an advocate for affordable housing and other causes, and was known for her strong will.

“She had a license frame that proudly said ‘my other car is a broom stick,’ she enjoyed being known as strong-willed, opinionated and passionate,” Schneider said.

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