Developers propose updated plans for Village at Gray’s Crossing in Truckee
After three years of discussion with the Town of Truckee, developers are proposing a refined plan for the Village at Gray’s Crossing.
“What we’re proposing here is something very similar to the original proposal,” said Martin Wood, vice president of SCO Planning, Engineering & Surveying at a community meeting on Monday night.
North Valley Real Estate Partners, Inc., the applicants on the project, first submitted an application in November 2017.
“We’ve been in negotiation with the town on various aspects with this thing. We’ve had an array of issues,” said Abbate, adding there were issues with consistency with the specific plan.
“Truckee is a hard place to get a project like this through,” said Wood. “This is the third time we’re trying to get the same project approved.”
‘ACCENTUATING’ THE AREA
The second project application submitted in October 2018 proposes a 127-room hotel, a 2,800 square foot convenience store with an eight-pump gas station, and three commercial buildings with three loft units.
“We don’t want to detract away from the downtown, but we also want to provide enough neighborhood commercial that captures some of the needs that isn’t captured in the Pioneer Commerce Center and other areas around town,” said Wood.
Housing in the project includes 24 attached townhomes, a triplex building with two bedroom units, one fourplex with two bedroom units and two live and work buildings with 4,000 square feet of commercial space each and three units.
“A lot of you live in Grays Crossing. There’s beautiful homes; the intent is for this to accentuate that,” Wood told those attending Monday’s meeting. “We’re moving some of the pieces around and we’re trying to put a higher caliber of architecture into it.”
“We put a project in front of you folks that we really think will enhance the entire area of Gray’s Crossing,” said Abbate.
9 ‘AFFORDABLE’ UNITS
To align with the town’s inclusionary housing ordinance, residential projects must make 15 percent of the units affordable. Abbate said this would equate to nine affordable units on the site, which Abbate said would be deed restricted.
They are hoping to bring the project to the planning commission in May or June.
The entire Gray’s Crossing site, on the northeast side of Truckee, north of Interstate 80, is based around the 18-hole Gray’s Crossing golf course with four parcels that are currently undeveloped. When the original development agreement was approved in 2004 only one developer, East and West Partners, was overseeing the project. That company has since gone bankrupt, with multiple developers taking over portions of the property.
In March, the Truckee Town Council voted to let the development agreement expire and to allow for more community engagement in plans for the site. The expiration of the agreement will allow for the owners of each parcel to potentially move forward with their own proposals for the sites.
With the expiration of the development agreement, the Grays Crossing Specific Plan now serves as the governing document for the site. Proposed projects such as the village are now processed under the Specific Plan with the Planning Commission review to ensure consistency with current requirements.
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.