New hotel planned on Truckee River
October 7, 2007
The owners of the Homewood Mountain Resort have proposed a new, upscale hotel on the banks of the Truckee River near downtown Truckee.Named Hotel Avery, JMA Ventures proposes to put the new hotel and restaurant on the corner of Bridge Street and South River Street by the Truckee River. Its going to be an up-scale boutique hotel with some large rooms and suites, said Art Chapman, president of JMA Ventures. Were hoping to take some traffic that would normally be going to Squaw or Incline and keep them in Truckee.Chapman shared his plans for the vacant lot at a meeting Thursday night in a cafe on Truckees commercial row. About 60 people attended the informal presentation.Current plans call for the three-story project to include a 39,000-square-foot hotel and a 1,900-square-foot restaurant. Because the building wont be limited to a single use or occupant, the size doesnt violate the towns 40,000-square-foot maximum size for a single-use building, said Denyelle Nishimori, Truckee associate planner.The projects size would accommodate about 35 rooms, a number that has been scaled back in the last year, Chapman said. JMA Ventures expects to sell some of the suites as condominiums, which would be available for the hotel to rent when being used by their owners.An upscale restaurant would include outdoor dining on a deck overlooking the river, Chapman said, adding that he hoped the restaurant would also serve as a meeting location.We are talking to some well-known restaurant operators, Chapman said. But I cant say who yet.A small retail space to showcase the wares of downtown Truckee businesses may also be included, he said.We will also have public access to the river with a viewing platform; it may be one of the first projects downtown to open the river to the community, Chapman said.Parking for the whole project would be provided by a roughly 60-space underground structure, Chapman said. Nishimori said the project is still in the town application process, but is incomplete.The JMA Ventures proposal will go through the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, due to its location, the planning commission, and town council before it can be approved, Nishimori said.Chapman said he would like to begin construction as early as next year, but said it depends on how fast the project moves through the town planning process.
Art Chapman, president of JMA Ventures, held a meeting with neighbors of the proposed hotel Thursday evening to discuss possible impacts.It was a great town meeting, it showed the neighbors wanted to stay involved in the town, Chapman said.Stefanie Olivieri, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, said while some of the immediate neighbors had concerns over noise and parking, the overall feeling was positive.Those neighbors wanted to ensure there would be no parking on the street for the hotel and restaurant, and that no outdoor music or entertainment would be allowed during certain hours, Chapman said.Olivieri said she personally liked the project, and felt it would be appropriate for downtown.I think the design is beautiful and it anchors the Brockway gateway into town, Olivieri said.