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Sierra College seeks input for McIver Hill campus design

Rene ShadforthSierra Sun

Sierra College officials are ready to ask the community what they want out of a local junior college campus.Truckee and North Shore residents can give input on the yet-to-be-built Truckee Sierra College campus in the first of several community meetings, scheduled for Monday at Truckee Town Hall.The campus is something that impacts the community, said Marissa Smith of Sacramento-based Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, which is working with Sierra College to lay the framework of the project. Any time we can get feedback, its better for the campus, especially the Truckee campus because its on quite a bit of land.The new campus will have 30,00035,000 square feet of instructional space, set on 72 acres atop McIver Hill in Truckee. The campus is possible thanks to nearly 70 percent of Truckee and North Tahoe voters who passed Measure H, a $35 million school facilities bond that was on the November 2004 ballot. The bond also ensured that 50 percent of the McIver Hill parcel will be purchased by the Truckee Donner Land Trust for open space.On the agenda for Mondays meeting will be a project overview and breakout sessions in which community members can give input on programs and design of the campus.I think its important to hear from the communitys perspective what theyd like to see, not only with programs, but well also be soliciting input on design, said Dave Ferrari, Sierra College board president and local representative.Also, Ferrari said there will be discussion of future joint-uses at the campus, like a library or community center.College officials are still waiting for the completion and approval of the environmental impact report for the site. They have not decided on an access point for the college, but Ferrari said they are leaning toward an entrance on Highway 89 south.College officials hope to break ground on the campus in summer 2006.Were motivated to make this thing move, but some of these things are out of our control, Ferrari said.Property owners pay an estimated $16 per $100,000 assessed value on their homes for approximately 25 years to pay for the school facilities bond that will fund the new campus.Currently, the Sierra College Truckee extension operates out of 10,000 square feet of leased space in the Pioneer Commerce Center. There are four other Sierra College campuses in the junior college districts four-county area.