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Relocating for Redevelopment

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunKings Beach redevelopment plans have forced business owner Eric Layton to make some tough decisions. The Placer County Redevelopment Agency has recently purchased the lot under Layton's Sierra Pacific Coffee Company forcing him to relocate. Layton will move his business to the Pioneer Center in Truckee.
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A coffee roasting company is packing up to leave the eastern end of Kings Beach, following two households that vacated the chunk of land that Placer County purchased and plans to redevelop.

The Placer County Redevelopment Agency closed escrow on the lot on Jan. 9 ” adding a third property to their collection of parcels that will one day be the site of the envisioned Eastern Gateway redevelopment.

The purchase was authorized by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in October 2007.



The two home renters moved off the property a month ago, according to Redevelopment Agency Deputy Director Jim Lobue.

While Sierra Pacific Coffee Company is still roasting coffee in Kings Beach today, Business Owner Eric Layton said he’s already made arrangements to relocate his business to Truckee by the end of the month.



“The fact is that I live in Truckee,” Layton said. “So I want to be back in Truckee.”

Placer County is providing relocation assistance to all three parties, Lobue said, evaluating each situation on separate basis.

“There’s a lot of both federal and state laws that regulate very carefully what a government agency needs to do in dealing with occupants of a site when they buy it,” Lobue said.

Layton said Placer County is helping him acquire the necessary permits to reopen his business in Nevada County. The transition has been rather mellow, self-explanatory and easy, he said.

“Everyone’s been helped out,” Layton said.

Rumors about the property selling have been circulating since last summer, Layton said. And he knew the property owner wanted to sell, so the news that Placer County acquired the property wasn’t shocking.

“You hear a lot of things in small towns,” he said.

Layton opened his doors in Kings Beach in 2001, but said he wanted to move to Truckee because the community and economy are growing.

“Kings Beach is great,” Layton said. “It’s just kind of small.”

The only inconvenience about relocating his business to Truckee is “double the rent,” he said, noting that his new space is also twice the size. He hopes to open his doors in Truckee by Feb. 1.

Lobue said that the county eventually plans to tear down the buildings on their recently acquired site, located on the lakeside of Highway 28. Though there is no specific timeline for the project.

“This is not our most urgent activity right now in Kings Beach,” Lobue said.

“Obviously the CEP projects are the highest priority” for the redevelopment agency.

Lobue said the county had been discussing a sale with the property owner for a couple of years. The property sold for $990,000.

“It was a discussion we had with the owner,” Lobue said. “He was interested in selling … we’ve actually gone back and forth with discussion for at least a couple of years.”

The Placer County Redevelopment Agency also owns two neighboring parcels, which formerly housed gas stations. The agency cleaned up groundwater contamination and remove blighted buildings on those parcels.

“At this point, it is only conceptual,” Lobue said, referring to the agency’s long-term plans for their eastern Kings Beach properties. “We would like to see a nice development occur there. We don’t know what that would be yet.”


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