Hotel block planned first at Truckee Railyard |

Hotel block planned first at Truckee Railyard

Image courtesy of Town of Truckee/Sierra SunA preliminary artistic rendering of the hotel planned for the Railyard Development east of Downtown Truckee. The hotel block would be the first phase of the proposed development according to current plans.

Revised plans for Truckee’s Railyard project are in the works, with a new three-story hotel emphasized in the first phase of the development that will reshape downtown Truckee.

Details of the proposed hotel were discussed Thursday at a meeting of the Truckee Town Council.

The boutique hotel is the second proposed for central Truckee in recent weeks. JMA Ventures unveiled plans two weeks ago for a 35-room hotel on the banks of the Truckee River.

A partnership between the Town of Truckee and Holliday Development, the Railyard project is planned for a 75-acre parcel that formerly housed a lumber mill directly east of downtown Truckee. The development will feature commercial and residential components, including a theater and a hotel at the east end of Commercial Row.

Construction would begin with the hotel block, said Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the Town of Truckee, at Thursday’s council meeting.

Donner Pass Road would be re-aligned to accommodate the new block. Instead of curving north, it would go straight into a “T” intersection, which would also create a new intersection for Church Street.

Initial plans for the hotel call for three stories and 52 rooms, Rick Holliday, president of Holliday Development, told the Sun in a previous interview.

Nishimori said operators of the Hotel Healdsburg in the Sonoma area have expressed interest in operating this hotel. The project has borrowed initial designs from the Hotel Healdsburg, but proponents will integrate more local character into the architecture.

Along with planning and environmental studies, the project will undergo an economic impact analysis to determine how the project can complement ” rather than compete with ” existing downtown business, said David Griffith, Truckee’s redevelopment and housing coordinator.

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