Senior living project in Truckee temporarily withdrawn
January 26, 2010
TRUCKEE and#8212; The senior living project proposed for Hilltop will be seeking more input to address concerns of mass and scale.
FNC Communities’ Pollard Station and#8212; a senior living community of 153 units on eight acres in the Hilltop master plan area above downtown and#8212; was set for a first workshop with the planning commission Jan. 13, but the application was pulled.
and#8220;We’ve decided to take some time to collaborate further with local groups and neighboring land owners to make sure it meshes well with the Hilltop master plan,and#8221; said Heath Bynum of FNC Communities.
The project would require changes to the Hilltop Master Plan, which was adopted in 2008, setting standards for the 57 acres near the Cottonwood Restaurant, said Town Planner Tony Lashbrook.
and#8220;What they’re proposing is 120,000-plus square feet, which as far as we can figure would be the largest building in the town next to a residential neighborhood,and#8221; Lashbrook said.
By comparison, town hall is 38,500 square feet and the Hampton in is 62,500 feet, according to town staff reports.
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That means substantial grading on the sloped site as well as substantial tree removal, Lashbrook said.
and#8220;It’s hundreds of trees all within the six acres of disturbance,and#8221; Lashbrook said.
And that has the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation concerned as well.
and#8220;I think the overall proposed size of the lodge and the amount of grading doesn’t fit with the requirements of the master plan,and#8221; said Kaitlin Backlund, executive director of the foundation. and#8220;But we recognize there is significant support for this kind of land use in Truckee.and#8221;
She said that because of the changes to the Hilltop plan and the potential impacts to neighbors and traffic, the project should go through extensive public process.
And Bynum said that’s the plan and#8212; holding informal meetings with neighbors and area groups over the next three to four weeks.
and#8220;We’re trying to address these concerns as best we can with design changes and education of how the current plan will look and feel,and#8221; Bynum said.
The project aims to fill a gap between the independent living at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartment and extended care at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
and#8220;Certainly there are other sites that might accommodate such a project without the grading and tree removal,and#8221; Lashbrook said.