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Jibboom Street Inn proposed

JEREMY MORRISON, Sierra Sun

A 44 room hotel, along with seven Victorian-style townhouses, is being proposed for Truckee’s historic downtown. Bookended by Bridge Street and Spring Street, the hotel and its amenities would stretch nearly a block along Jibboom Street.

According to Kevin McCall, senior planner and landscape architect with the project’s architect, Cox and Kromydas, Inc., they hope to begin work on the project in the spring of 2001. The property is owned by John McManus, who also owns the Truckee Train and Toy and other area businesses.

McCall said the townhouses would be built and the preliminary work on the hotel would be done during that initial construction season. The remainder of the work would be done during the spring and summer of 2002.

Gavin Ball, associate planner with the Community Development Department, Planning Division, said that the project may take longer than expected.

“Ninety percent of the time, developers present one thing and do another in terms of time lines,” Ball said.

Before any work may begin, the proposal must be reviewed and approved by the Community Development Department’s Planning Division. The proposal was submitted to the department in mid-April, but according to Ball, may take longer than normal to review due to the project’s size and because the property in question falls within Truckee’s historic downtown.

“The review process is pretty intense,” he said.

The project, which does not currently call for the demolition of any existing structure, must also be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission because of its location. Although the commission’s review does not set anything in stone, Ball said his department does take it under consideration during their own review of the project.

“Since we’ve seen nothing, and all we have is word of mouth, I can’t really say anything,” said Sharon Arnold, a member of the commission.

McCall said that he appreciates the historic feel of Truckee’s downtown and believes the hotel will fit nicely into the area.

“We really want to tie in with the style and character of downtown,” he said.

If the project is approved, the 25,814 square foot hotel, to be called the Jibboom Street Inn, will boast 44 rooms, a manger’s unit and office, ski storage, lounge, check-in area and a small business center. There will also be a ground level parking area located below the hotel.

“All parking will be tucked under the building,” said McCall. “No parking will be seen from Jibboom Street.”

The seven townhouses that are proposed would be built parallel to the hotel, along High Street. These structures, termed as single-family residences, are stand-alone units which would be sold upon completion. Once purchased, the buyer would own the unit and the property directly under it. Three one-bedroom units, and four two-bedroom units featuring a garage, are being proposed.

The project also calls for an off-site subsurface drainage retention area. This area would be located on nearly 12,000 square feet on the Spring Street side of the hotel. When the project is completed, the drainage area is proposed to be granted to the town to be maintained as a public parking area.


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