Project could revitalize Donner Pass Road |

Project could revitalize Donner Pass Road

Greyson Howard/Sierra SunGeno Ferretto and Gavin Ball stand near their planned project site at the corner of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road. Royal Ridge will be a mixed-use development connected by trails and sidewalks to its neighbors.

The developers of a proposed project at the base of Northwoods Boulevard in Truckee say their plans may kick-start the revitalization of aging properties along Donner Pass Road.

Called Royal Ridge, the mixed-use project is slated for an 8-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road. Plans call for about 23,000 square feet of commercial space, 48 town homes and 12 affordable condominiums, all of which could be completed by 2010.

“The plan is to create a dense mixed-use, walkable community on Donner Pass Road,” said project representative Gavin Ball. “We hope this gets the ball rolling on the redevelopment efforts on Donner Pass Road.”

Assistant Town Planner Jaime LaChance said the town wants a pedestrian corridor on Donner Pass Road from Gateway to the schools.

“We want that area to be more pedestrian friendly and bring new development to the street,” LaChance said, “instead of having parking between the building and the street.”

In the project’s current design, commercial buildings would face Donner Pass Road. Behind them would be mixed-use buildings with commercial spaces beneath condominiums, and set further back a series of townhomes, said Geno Ferretto, project manager with West Haven Development Group.

The condominiums built above the commercial space would be priced for buyers who earn 80 percent of median income, but exact prices will depend on the latest Nevada County median income figures, Ferretto said.

Ball said the condominiums would be for-purchase units, which would fill a highly desirable niche in the Truckee housing market.

LaChance said the town and the developers have worked with the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe to ensure the price and housing type were needed.

Ferretto said connectivity and walkability will be key features of the project.

“We’ll be building new sidewalk along Donner Pass Road and up Northwoods to the entrance,” Ferretto said. “There will be a system of sidewalks and trails throughout the project.”

Those walkways would connect to a central amenity area for picnics and barbecues, as well as extend to Meadow Park, Ferretto said. The project would have three entrances, one on Donner Pass Road, another on Northwoods Boulevard and a third on Edmunds Drive, Ferretto said.

The project will also leave space at the intersection in case the town decides to replace the light with a roundabout, Ferretto said.

As for when the project will get going, Ferretto said if plans are approved, he hopes to start pre-leasing space this spring, break ground this summer, and build the project over two phases, finishing in 2010.

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