Railyard Master Plan will have movie theater, housing
August 6, 2006
The draft of the Truckee Railyard Master Plan will be released in a matter of weeks, with plans to build a movie theater, housing units and commercial space.
Located just east of downtown, the master plan includes a total of 62 acres, 12.5 acres available for development, and 37 acres purchased in 2004 by Holliday
Development, based in Emeryville.
The master plan has been a joint effort on behalf of the town and Holliday Development, forming the Truckee Railyard Partnership to generate plan ideas to better incorporate the site into the downtown area.
The development plans for the first phase of construction includes four to six-room movie theaters that will seat a total of 800 people, 100 housing units, and 15,000 square feet of retail space, said Rick Holliday, Holliday Development president.
In September 2005 the town council approved a state-funded study which analyzed how the site could be utilized as a mixed-use project to combine affordable housing with commercial space.
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Holliday said the housing units will be geared toward younger workers living in the region. Fifteen percent of the housing units will be affordable because of redevelopment regulations, he said.
“The goal is to have the units smaller, making the cost (to rent) go down,” he said.
The first element of construction will occupy roughly 20 percent of the property site, with approximately five phases in total to be involved in the railyard development, Holliday said.
Denyelle Nischimori, an associate planner with the Town of Truckee, said Donner Pass Road will be extended to incorporate Commercial Row with the new development.
The railyard draft master plan will be released once Holliday Development finishes up the plans for phase one, said Tony Lashbrook, town manager.
“Most of the effort is getting a one paragraph description (of phase one) so the
(town) can solicit consultants for an EIR report,” Holliday said.
Two issues Holliday Development had to address before the plans could progress included the Trout Creek restoration project and the balloon track the Union Pacific Railroad uses to allow rail-clearing snowplows to turn around.
Holliday Development worked with Union Pacific to allow the relocation of the balloon track farther east in order to expand downtown, according to the railyard draft master plan document.