Marriott still coming to Truckee
December 1, 2008
TRUCKEE “-A Marriott hotel is still in the works for the Barsell property above Downtown Truckee. The 13-acre Barsell property sits next to the Truckee Cemetery between Donner Pass Road and Interstate 80, and includes plans for retail, restaurant space, and most notably a 120-room Marriott Residence Inn.
A Oct. 21 letter to the editor in the Sierra Sun starting speculation that the Marriott had pulled out of the Barsell project, but Cristina Wooley, attorney representing the project said that’s not the case.
“It’s not on the Marriott list of projects because Marriott isn’t the developer,” Wooley said.
Instead, the property owner is the developer, she said, working with SCO Planning and Engineering.
Despite hard economic times, Wooley said the project has financing and planning complete, and should be able to start building in the spring.
Jenna Endres, associate planner for the Town of Truckee, said project proponents have spent most of the year working to get building permits, and went to the planning commission for minor material changes.
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Since the April 9 changes to aesthetic elements like roofing material, siding and paint, Wooley said no changes have been made to the hotel or the rest of the project.
Because the site was one of the town’s historic dumps, some soil cleanup was needed, Endres said.
Grading and tree removal has also been complete, clearing the way for construction next summer, Endres said.
Along with the hotel, the Barsell project could include two restaurants, five retail/commercial buildings, two office buildings, 25 residential lofts, and potentially a visitor center.
Previous proposals for the site dating back to the 1980s notably included a Kmart store, which was turned back with a lawsuit that resulted in the formation of the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation.