The Village at Gray’s Crossing approved |

The Village at Gray’s Crossing approved

The Village at Gray’s Crossing has been given the go-ahead for construction, with a few recommendations from the planning commission, beginning as soon as this summer.

Located on a 20.43-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Highway 89 north and Prosser Dam Road, the project layout received initial approval last May from the planning commission, but was sent back to the drawing board for elements of architectural design. Planning commissioners Tuesday went through the new design building by building, ultimately approving the development permits and sign plans needed to move forward.

“Last May the commission said the buildings were too large and boxy, there was too much stucco, and they wanted more of a Truckee feel,” said Jaime LaChance, Town of Truckee assistant planner.

In response to that guidance, the development team worked with town staff and the town’s Architectural Review Committee to refine the design.

Dale Creighton with SCO Planning and Engineering and part of the development team, said the new design breaks up long roof-lines, avoided fake beams, got rid of a proposed clock tower, and created more of a “commercial look” while maintaining the same footprints within the approved layout.

Some of the highlights of the first two phases include a small grocery store, commercial space, a park area and a restaurant building.

“It will be a smaller market, not a Trader Joe’s, but it will be a unique specialty grocery store with cheeses, wines,” Creighton said.

But a fuel pump area at the market, not yet planned as part of either of the upcoming phases, created some concern.

Dan Lutkenhouse, a Prosser Dam Road resident, said he was in favor of the project, but would like to see the gas pumps at the south end of the project (At Highway 89 north and Henness Road), rather than the north end (Highway 89 north and Prosser Dam Road).

“This has been presented as a neighborhood facility, and now there is a corner highway gas station,” Lutkenhouse said.

He said he was also concerned about a gas station across from a wetlands area on the north side of Prosser Dam Road.

Creighton said the proposed gas pumps may not happen at all, but said the location was important to bring local residents to the neighborhood center.

“A study showed that two things bring people to your site ” one is gas, and the other is beer. Those are the components you have to have,” Creighton said.

He said the project would use green building techniques, opting for Build-it-Green (as did the Truckee Green Building Committee) instead of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED standards.

“LEED is more residential, not commercial. This program (Build-it-Green) seemed to fit some of those elements,” Creighton said.

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