Pollard Station public comment ends Friday
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; For it or against it, the public comment period for the senior living center development proposed for the Hilltop property in town ends this Friday.The 76,689 square foot Pollard Station Senior Living Center project proposed by developer Davies/Fitch Partners would andamp;#8212; after necessary approvals under California Environmental Quality Act and by town planning commission and town council andamp;#8212; be built in the Hilltop Master Plan area, providing 120 age-restricted residential units. The project includes additional open space, landscaping, paving and concrete.The exact location of the development is proposed for the area west of Pine Cone Road and above the Cottonwood Restaurant parking area. Once comment wraps this week, feedback will be incorporated into an initial environmental study, which will be reviewed by the town’s planning commission and town council at to-be-determined dates.Proponents of the center, such as Pollard Station Investor and Aromas, Calif., resident W. Dan Fitch (who has written letters to the editor in support), have said its benefits include 30-40 new jobs after construction to maintain the center, a contributing senior community typically unlikely to commit crime and an economic boosts in town revenues via property and sales taxes.Opponents of the project, such as Stonewood Homeowners Association President Roger Fisher (who wrote a letter against the project in June), say the project will create increased traffic and noise to surrounding residents, and it will not be in accordance with the area’s Hilltop Master Plan, adopted by the town Aug. 7, 2008.
The original development was proposed to span about 125,000 square feet and was submitted by Truckee-based Silverwood LLC and FNC Communities and property owners Davies-Fitch Partners in July 2010; however, residents were concerned the project andamp;#8212; at the time labeled Pollard Station Senior Neighborhood andamp;#8212; was too large for the Hilltop area.As a result of public input, the neighborhood’s main lodge was redesigned.The lodge was originally proposed as a single structure but has been revamped into three separate buildings connected by one-story corridors, together creating its current 82,846 square feet in total footprint, roughly a 34 percent reduction.Size reduction, however, is only one aspect needed for approval. The project, according to the town’s website, will also require rezoning of property from the downtown master plan, a use permit for construction of a senior home and a certificate of appropriateness for the project’s historical design review within the Historic Preservation Overlay District.