Gray’s Crossing village up for review |

Gray’s Crossing village up for review

Construction may begin as soon as this summer on a grocery store, other commercial buildings and residences in the proposed Village of Gray’s Crossing, if the project wins a preliminary approval tonight.

Located on a 20.43-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Highway 89 north and Prosser Dam Road, the Gray’s Crossing Village will be the latest phase of the planned community.

The plan will go before the Truckee Panning Commission for development permits tonight at a public meeting.

Jaime LaChance, Town of Truckee assistant planner, said the Village met initial resistance when it first went before the planning commission a year ago.

Commissioners approved the layout but not the development permits because of concerns with the proposed architecture.

Nancy Richards, a program director at the Sierra Business Council, was a planning commissioner at the 2006 meeting.

“Our biggest problem was that they were using a lot of plaster, and the designs were boxy,” Richards said in an interview this week. “The idea is to see it become a place relevant to Truckee, not a shopping center that could be plopped down in anywhere USA.”

LaChance said the development team went back to the proverbial drawing board, working with town staff and the town’s Architectural Review Committee to make sure the design incorporated a “Truckee feel” in the architecture.

The planning commission will review the new design, as well as circulation, parking, lighting, landscaping, and signs within the new development area, according to staff reports.

LaChance said town staff will recommend approving the permit.

“The development team has made significant strides, and the staff is supportive with minor modifications to lighting and signage,” she said.

Richards said the commercial village was initially approved as part of the larger Gray’s Crossing plan because of the development’s distance from the Truckee town core.

“The most important thing is for them to stay true to the original plan,” Richards said.

LaChance said the proposal is consistent with the original Gray’s Crossing Specific Plan.

Along with the first phase of the village, a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Donner Pass Road/Henness Road and Highway 89 north this summer, LaChance said.

A second roundabout at the intersection of Alder Drive/Prosser Dam Road and Highway 89 north could also come online in the summer of 2008, she said.

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