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Town approves development for Corporation Yard

Scott Hess

After agonizing for more than a year, conducting site committee meetings and holding public workshops and hearings, the Truckee Town Council decided Thursday to start development for the relocation of the Corporation Yard.

Dubbed the Forest Service Site, this location was chosen the most suitable for the Corp Yard after a multitude of meetings.

The area is located near the east side of Truckee, and is surrounded by Interstate 80, the state Route 267 bypass, Glenshire Drive and Donner Pass Road.

According to Dan Wilkins, the Truckee director of public works and town engineer, “The approval is to begin a master planning effort with the Forest Service and [the Truckee Fire Protection District].”

Also, he said the town will identify “how the site can best be developed to meet the needs of the other agencies.”

With seven site locations listed as possible areas for the relocation, the Sept. 3 town council workshop identified the Forest Service Site as the best suited for the Corp Yard, with no “fatal flaws” identified in the town’s assessment.

The town initially looked at 23 sites but identified 16 of the sites as having at least one fatal flaw.

These flaws were categorized as proximity to residential neighborhoods, proximity to the Truckee River Corridor, visibility, using existing industrial-zoned property, size (if the site was too small) and if the site was outside the Truckee boundaries.

The site assessment also addressed the issue of joint use – developing the area to benefit both the town and the current owner – for each of the seven possible sites.

For the Forest Service Site, one joint use town officials noted was the vehicle washing and fueling facilities. The assessment also mentions, “The town’s consideration of the Forest Service Site, in terms of total land acquisition and development costs, could further both of the agencies’ needs at dollar amounts that are yet to be determined.”

Also, Wilkins said the fire district needs new office space and possibly a new station.

The Forest Service site, he said, would meet the needs of the town, the Forest Service and the fire district.

The animal shelter is also included in the list of agencies potentially moving to the new site, Wilkins said.

Just in case the Forest Service Site falls through, the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District site near the TTUSD bus maintenance facility on Joerger Drive is the backup. This is also a location that could be jointly used, Wilkins said.

The problem with the current Corp Yard, according to town officials, is the area – located south of the Truckee River, near Historic Downtown – which is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, has inadequate access, is too close to the 100-year flood plain and lacks sufficient room for operation.

The Corporation Yard houses three main uses, according to the town’s assessment study: yard administration, vehicle maintenance and material and vehicle storage.

The master plan will take approximately one year to complete, but will be determined by the schedules of all the agencies, Wilkins said. The total cost of the relocation is currently estimated at approximately $10 million, and an additional $1.5 million for the animal shelter, he added.

For more information about the Corporation Yard, visit http://www.townoftruckee.com.


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