Homewood resort owner planning hotel in Truckee | SierraSun.com

Homewood resort owner planning hotel in Truckee

JMA Ventures, owners of the Homewood Mountain Resort, are planning a new hotel for downtown Truckee.

Named Hotel Avery, the new project is proposed to be located on the corner of Bridge Street and South East River Street next to the Truckee River. Preliminary plans call for a three-story mixed-use hotel, restaurant and condominium building.

Town of Truckee Associate Planner Denyelle Nishimori said the town has a preliminary application from the developer, and has responded with recommendations to make the hotel compatible with town policies including the General Plan, the Downtown Specific Plan, the Downtown River Revitalization Plan and the town’s housing element.

A JMA Ventures representative could not be reached for comment Monday.

The preliminary application is a voluntary measure a developer can use to get staff recommendations, Nishimori said, which if followed will make staff recommendation of the project more likely.

Some recommendations that Nishimori included in her response were to have the town’s informal architectural review group review the design concept, establish erosion control for the site, create better transitions between the hotel and its surroundings, and significantly decrease the size of the hotel.

Preliminary plans call for a total of 45,417 square feet for the hotel, which Nishimori wrote in her response doesn’t fit with Truckee’s vision for a small mountain town.

The town’s development code has a maximum size limit for a building of this type at 40,000 square feet.

Nishimori said if the suggestions are followed and a formal application is submitted, it would take about eight to 12 months after staff recommendation to go the planning commission for approval.

If the project includes a right-of-way for valet service on South East River Street, final approval would go to the town council.

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