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Railyard project rolling down the track

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Image courtesy of Town of Truckee/Sierra SunA preliminary artistic rendering of the hotel planned for the Railyard development east of Downtown Truckee. The hotel block would be the first phase of the proposed development, according to current plans.

The crystal ball is becoming clearer for the future of Truckee’s Railyard project, as the newly released plan spells out more details on the extension of Truckee’s downtown core.

Working with the town, Holliday Development has carved up the 75-acre site into three “character areas” or districts, which will expand Commercial Row, reflect the town’s industrial past, and create a new residential neighborhood within walking distance of Truckee’s historic center.

“The Downtown Extension District will take what we have in downtown already and expand it,” said Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the town, in a meeting last week of the Truckee Town Council. “It will be the same types of uses, but things we don’t have already.”

A small market, a four- to six-screen movie theater, a 60-room hotel, and a civic center would all likely be in the downtown character area, the first phase slated for construction, Nishimori said.

“The civic building could be used for a museum, a library, a community center,” she said.

Architecture will complement, but not replicate, Truckee’s historic downtown core, she said. Further to the east, the industrial district will feature clusters of buildings for home offices and businesses with added residential uses, Nishimori said.

A neighborhood along Trout Creek would complete the project, reflecting the residential areas above downtown, Nishimori said.

The associate planner said the creation of the industrial and residential districts requires pushing the railroad’s existing balloon track ” a rail loop where snowplow trains turn around ” farther away from town.

But Ben Moule, owner of Truckee River Glass, said he was still skeptical of the development. Unhappy with the level of public involvement, Moule asked at Thursday’s meeting when people could submit comments on the project.

He asked how expensive things would be in the new buildings, if the project would include affordable units, and if downtown’s paid parking would be extended into the new streets.

Nishimori listed the dates of the next few meetings where the Railyard project will be addressed, Including meetings on the 9th, 16th, 28th and 30th of January.

As for the paid parking, Nishimori said as part of the downtown parking district, the Railyard project will likely include parking meters.

Rates and affordability have yet to be determined, but an affordable housing component will be required, as in any new Truckee project, Nishimori said.