New lower cost options for Brickelltown improvement
TRUCKEE and#8212; The town continues to refine plans for the western end of downtown, looking at lower-cost options and maintenance districts to pay for upkeep.
Last fall, when Truckee officials considered the Brickelltown streetscape project with a plethora of options, the estimated price tag was between $8 and $10 million, well above the town’s $6.5 million budget. But as engineers have refined the project with the input of Brickelltown business and property owners, alternatives coming in from $3.5 million to $6 million.
Those alternatives include leaving Donner Pass Road from Spring Street to the roundabout in place, or moving it south, pending Union Pacific Railroad approval.
Those alternatives would focus on sidewalks, adding paved parking and undergrounding utilities, but don’t include some of the parks and public areas proposed earlier.
What could impact business and property owners more directly, however, is the formation of a maintenance district and#8212; which would tax people in the Brickelltown area for the upkeep of the new features.
and#8220;I think there is definitely some concern about the cost of a maintenance district, but I think a lot of people are still interested in these improvements,and#8221; said Jenna Endres, associate planner with the town.
Different models for such a district include a property-based business improvement district, which would include it’s own managerial staff, but cost more, or a landscape and lighting district, which would have more town involvement, and would be less expensive.
and#8220;We haven’t done an official poll yet to see what people want, but we’ll be getting a better idea in the next month or two,and#8221; Endres said.
The next workshop on the Brickelltown streetscape project will be in March, exploring amenities, design, the project alternatives and the maintenance district, followed by a workshop specific to the maintenance district in April.