Public land in heart of town up for auction
In less than two months, 82 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in between Coyote Moon Golf Course and downtown Truckee is expected to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.A rush of potential buyers from Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego and the Bay Area has come to take a look at the property over the last couple of weeks, said Rick Maddalena, land use officer with the Truckee Ranger District. The prospective buyers are trying to get a look at the property before it becomes blanketed with snow, he said.Most people are realizing if they dont take a look at it now, they may never see it, Maddalena said.The Forest Service will hold one last open house meeting on the property next week before setting up the auction, which is anticipated for mid- December.The Truckee Ranger District is selling the property to raise money to develop a new forest service center on 72 acres sandwiched between Glenshire Drive and Interstate 80.Interest over the parcel has been high, said Maddalena. The land runs from Indian Jack Road to Trout Creek, and is bordered by Coyote Moon Golf Course, and two parcels aligning Donner Pass Road.A large portion of the land is quite suitable for development as far as its topography, Maddalena said.Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said that the land has some good development areas, as well as some features that would make building difficult.The site has some significant constraints in places and it has some obvious development potential in others, he said.The General Plan mandates that any residential development on the site be clustered, allowing for a pocket of undeveloped open space, Lashbrook said. A housing policy that mandates that 15 percent of new housing units be affordable would apply to the parcel, he said.The town could grant a bonus in density on the site if a developer proposed extra affordable housing or a public use of a portion of the site, said Lashbrook, but any density bonus would be a modest increase, he said.The online bidding for the property, which will be handled by the federal General Services Administration, will run for as long as there is evidence of competition between parties, said Maddalena. The Forest Service will set a minimum bid for the land before the auction begins, he said.The money for the sale will go directly to construction of the Forest Services new center, which is currently being designed and surveyed.Our sole interest in selling it is to generate capital to build a replacement facility, Maddalena said.The Truckee Work Center, as the Forest Services land off of Indian Jack road is called, has aging facilities. The Forest Service has decided that the new location between Glenshire and Interstate 80 will be an opportunity to build modern facilities that had better access for fire and service vehicles.The property above downtown that is for bid has sewer, water and electricity utilities into the property.