Next phase of west downtown Truckee revitalization this week |

Next phase of west downtown Truckee revitalization this week

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The town is looking for public input once again as it hones in on plans for the western end of historic downtown.

Two previous workshops looked at plans for Brickelltown and#8212; which spans between the roundabout and Spring Street and#8212; at the conceptual level, weighing two options; keeping Donner Pass Road in place or moving it south toward the railroad to allow more parking in front of businesses.

At a recent town council meeting, staff, the public and council members discussed the growing costs of doing everything people wanted and#8212; from the southward shift of Donner Pass Road to the creation of plazas and parks, as well as how to pay for its upkeep.

Now staff will ask the public to consider more detailed project plans, debating what features are necessary and what can be left out to bring the estimated $8 to $10 million cost down closer to the town’s $6.5 million budget, said Associate Planner Jenna Endres.

and#8220;We’re trying to tie the costs to certain ticket items, like how much a particular community plaza would cost, to allow people to choose where the money would go,and#8221; Endres said.

Staff will also be introducing the idea of a business improvement district, which would tax the affected properties in Brickelltown for the specific upkeep of new features that would theoretically improve business and property values.

and#8220;We’re just beginning the maintenance funding discussion, we’ll have two additional workshops in early 2010 just on maintenance,and#8221; Endres said.

The Brickelltown workshop will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at town hall.

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