Proposed Truckee senior living development back in front of town planners
March 4, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A proposed senior living development project that boasts perhaps the largest building in Truckee is back on the planning commissionand#8217;s radar.
Pollard Station, pulled from consideration in January by developer FNC Communities to address town staffand#8217;s concerns, originally proposed 153 units on eight acres in the Hilltop master plan area near the Cottonwood Restaurant overlooking downtown.
FNC has pared the project down since then, reducing the main building from 125,000 to 112,000 square feet, and eliminating two condo buildings. The item is on the planning commissionand#8217;s agenda for the 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, meeting at Town Hall at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.
and#8220;The question facing the planning commission is: Is senior housing important enough to modify the Hilltop Master Plan?and#8221; said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook. and#8220;It would still be the biggest building in town with the possible exception of the high school.and#8221;
By comparison, town hall is 38,500 square feet and the Hampton in is 62,500 feet, according to town staff reports.
By eliminating two of the eight condo buildings, Lashbrook said FNC hopes to address some of the tree removal concerns town staff had with the previous proposal. FNC also is proposing to create more of the initial infrastructure for Hilltop, Lashbrook said, adding a connection from the project to Brockway, along with the previously proposed connection to Palisades Drive.
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The planning commission will not make a decision on the project Wednesday, but will provide feedback to staff and the applicants.
The project aims to fill a gap between the independent living at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartment and extended care at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
Different units throughout the complex will cater to different age groups and levels of care, from cottages for those more independent and mobile to apartments specifically catering to those with physical or cognitive issues needing special care, said Phil Shapiro, managing member of Senior Traditions, hired by FNC to provide strategic planning, in a previous interview.
To learn more, go to http://www.pollardstation.com.