Plans for 48-unit motel off Highway 267 submitted |

Plans for 48-unit motel off Highway 267 submitted

An application for a 48-unit motel development, called Alpenhostel of Truckee, on the southwest side of Highway 267, just east of Palisades Drive was submitted to the Town of Truckee this week.

Alpenhostel would be a lodging facility designed to accommodate overnight guests from 1-30 days, according to the developers. The primary clients will be employers seeking interim housing for employees or special consultants that travel to the area on a week to week basis, said project designers.

According to Town Planner Duane Hall, the project would include four buildings with 19,210 square feet of floor space. The motel would include two 2-story buildings of 16 units each, one 16 unit 3-story building with a mechanical/recreation/ laundry room, and one 2-story building with a manager’s unit and office.

Alpenhostel would be built on a 1.49-acre parcel, on existing foundations. The foundations remain intact from a similar motel project that was approved for the site in 1979, but abandoned later that year.

The applicant is Jeff Baird of Nevada City, who was also the developer for the Aspens apartments located next the the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District. The Aspens were also built on existing foundations, said Hall.

“It is our intent to utilize the existing structures (brought up to today’s building standards),” wrote Baird in a letter of justification to the town. “The site for the proposed use is adequate in size and shape to accommodate the proposed project and all yards, setbacks, open spaces, parking areas, loading areas, landscaping and other features are in compliance with zoning and development code.”

Hall said it would most likely be at least two months before the application is completed and presented to the Town Planning Commission at a public hearing.

“We’re viewing the project now and once we receive comment from the interested agencies, we can complete the application,” Hall said.

The town will receive comment from the PUD, Truckee Fire Protection District, Truckee Sanitary District, Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency, Lahontan Regional Water Control Board and Cal Trans.

After the application is complete, town staff will prepare an environmental document before presenting to the Planning Commission.

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