1882 Bar and Grill looking to expand outdoor deck to Truckee River
The 1882 Bar and Grill at River Street Inn in downtown Truckee is looking to purchase town land to expand their deck closer to the Truckee River.
In June, the Truckee Planning Commission approved the construction of the 1,000 square foot deck and outdoor bar, a gas fire pit and a restroom. In order to move forward with the project, the owners must purchase half an acre of riverfront land from the town.
“We have 14 miles of Truckee River through the town. We only have 20 feet where we can sit and have a glass of wine and dine,” said Truckee Mayor David Tirman. “I look at this as an investment in our community.”
Following the planning commission’s approval of the project, neighboring property owners Jeff Bender and Yvette Durant expressed interest in purchasing the property, as they were in escrow to buy five parcels adjacent to the River Street Inn. As of last week they had taken their offer off the table, according to Denyelle Nishimori, community development director for the Town of Truckee.
John Besio, who owns the five parcels adjacent next to the inn has also expressed interest in purchasing the property. However the town has not received an application from him detailing what he plans to do with it.
“There’s not a preliminary review or anything it’s just an expressed interest in the purchase of the property,” said Nishimori.
The town would sell the property to the River Street Inn owners for $35 to $36 dollars a square foot, or around $40,000.
“The Besios didn’t say they’d pay more, they just said ‘Hey we’re interested,’” said Director of Public Works Dan Wilkins. “But the conversation did not get to a point of how much they might be willing to pay for it.”
Given the planning commission’s approval, the council decided to move forward with negotiations to sell the property to the River Street Inn owners.
“Moving forward with the 1882 owners makes sense to me,” said Council member Tony Commendatore. “The Besios is too much of an unknown for me. If it’s sold who knows what they want to use it for.”
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.