Truckee approves Alder Drive apartments |

Truckee approves Alder Drive apartments

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The Town of Truckee Planning Commission approved the first phase of the proposed Alder Drive workforce housing Tuesday night.

The adoption of the development permit allows for the construction of 32 multi-family apartments, a common building, a central playground and a pedestrian bridge that will connect to Alder Creek Middle School.

The 9.48 acre property site, located on the southwest corner of Alder Drive and Highway 89 north, was donated to the town by East West Partners, developers of Gray’s Crossing, Old Greenwood and other projects.

“I think this is going to be a model for future housing projects,” said Nikki Riley, a planning commissioner.

The property was re-zoned to allow for a high-density residential project when the town decided to use it to provide more affordable rental housing options, said Jaime LaChance, assistant town planner.

The Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe has acted as the facilitator in the Alder Drive project, which has been named Frishman Hollow. Pacific West Communities, a nonprofit company, will build the apartments.

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“I don’t have to convince you (of the need) for affordable housing,” Rachelle Pellesier, WHATT’s executive director, said to the commission.

Pellesier said the project, as it stands today, is much better than the initial plan proposed two years ago.

“This site plan was a melding of the minds,” said Andrea Clark, vice president of special projects from Pacific West Communities.