Industrial-apartment plans OK’d |

Industrial-apartment plans OK’d

The Truckee Planning Commission approved three industrial building applications, each with a residential space, near the Pioneer Commerce Center Wednesday night.

The first project, off of Industrial Way near Comstock Drive, proposed two buildings, each with a shop or warehouse on the first floor and a residential upper story. Of the approximately 11,000 square feet of development, 2,666 is slated to be divided among the three upper-story residential units. The commission approved the project unanimously.

The second application, an almost 10,000-square-foot space for Truckee Paint Mart, is slated to be constructed north of the Pioneer Commerce Center. Its 1,883-square-foot upper story is divided into a one-bedroom apartment and a studio apartment.

The residential emphasis in each of the applications was praised by the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe. The town of Truckee and housing advocates have been encouraging mixed use and live/work developments that cut down on car traffic. Designing creative solutions to encourage people to live where they work cuts down on car traffic, solves employee housing dilemmas and creates the pedestrian focus that the town is encouraging.

The commission approved the Truckee Paint Mart project with some architectural revisions concerning how it will look from Comstock Drive.

Commissioner Paul Leyton said that Comstock Drive will become a major road with traffic from the school near Alder Drive and future development in the immediate area.

“I am concerned with Comstock Drive and what is going to become,” Leyton said. “Comstock is going to become a very significant street. What we do on this building is going to be reflected on the other side of the street.”

The last application, near Truckee Paint Mart, was for an automobile repair and maintenance center. The same building design was previously approved for a paving company, but the approval had expired.

The Auto Doctor submitted the same plans for a 14,377 square foot shop with three one-bedroom and one two-bedroom residential units upstairs. The project was approved by the commission with only minor stipulations.

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