Scolari’s won’t be in Truckee for awhile, town says |

Scolari’s won’t be in Truckee for awhile, town says

Although Scolari’s representatives announced they will begin construction on a 39,542-square-foot supermarket this summer, town planning officials say it is unlikely the developer, Truckee-Donner Pass LLC, will get the green light to break ground until May 2004.

“Best case scenario, if they turned in their application today, they would be in front of the planning commission in October or November and moving dirt May 1 (of 2004),” said Town Planner Duane Hall. “An that is the best, best, best case scenario.”

The town has yet to receive an application from the developer, Hall said, nor has he heard anything about plans to construct on the land on the northeast corner of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road, where Scolari’s representatives announced the new store will be located.

Scolari’s representative John Stampfli said the land is zoned for commercial use and the developer is in the process of obtaining permits.

“We’re still on schedule for summer 2003,” Stampfli contended. He also held to the spring 2004 completion date cited in a press release sent to the Sierra Sun.

If completed, the so-called “super store” will have a bakery, deli, floral department, fresh seafood and a full-service pharmacy, Stampfli said. At 39,542 square feet, Scolari’s will rival the size of the Truckee Safeway (about 39,500 square feet).

Unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the landowner and general partner, Jeff Belle.

Previous attempts to develop a Staples and a Bel Air market (owned by Raley’s) on the northeast corner of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road halted when developers ran into problems with the application process, Hall said.

Both projects withdrew their applications toward the end of 2002.

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