Downtown Truckee 76 station eyes February reopening
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The red, white and blue 76 gas station ball will remain a fixture in Truckee’s downtown skyline.
Carmichael, Calif.-based California Retail Management earlier this year requested the sign be removed as part of then-proposed renovations at the Circle K station on the corner of Donner Pass Road and Bridge Street.
Yet, both the Truckee Planning Commission and the town’s community development department agree the sign is “iconic,” said Kirk Skierski, assistant planner for the town of Truckee.
“It adds to the character and design of the historic downtown area,” he said, adding that the overhead ball and its post will be relocated 5 feet back from its current corner position.
Overall, the project includes demolishing the original 1,300-square-foot building for a two-story, 1,700-square-foot commercial building, Skierski said.
The first floor (1,239 square feet) is planned for retail, while the upper floor will be used for storage. A 461-square-foot mechanical room is also planned.
Work started Oct. 2, with a completion date anticipated for Feb. 2, 2015, said Heather Rankow, project manager for the job’s architect, Truckee-based Dale Cox Architects. At that time, the station will reopen for business.
“Staff … believes that this project will benefit the community and improve the overall appearance of our iconic downtown,” Skierski said.
Sign relocation will be part of additional site work that’s anticipated to start in April, Rankow said, including installing sidewalks and gutters, and other frontage improvements.
Completion is expected for July 1, 2015, Rankow said.