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Truckee church eyeing donated land

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunFather Stanley Poltorak of Assumption Catholic Church looks out over an 8-acre parcel of land off of Alder Creek Drive Friday afternoon. The land was donated by East West Partners to build a larger church.

Truckee’s Assumption Catholic Church has big plans for the future, with intentions to relocate and construct a new, larger church within the next five years.

The new church will be constructed on land donated by East West Partners. East West, owners of the Gray’s Crossing development, donated eight acres of land to the Assumption Catholic Church, currently located on East Street. The agreement was signed Aug. 31, giving the parish three years to raise funds for the new church and five years to begin construction.

The parcel designated for the new church is across Alder Creek Drive from Alder Creek Middle School, near the Bluffs neighborhood at Gray’s Crossing.

The decision to donate the land came early in the Gray’s Crossing project, said Rick McConn, Gray’s Crossing project manager.

“There had been discussions between the church and the previous [property] owners, and we made a decision to donate the land,” McConn said.

The donation was a part of the development agreement approved by the Town of Truckee, along with other land donations made by East West, including the site of the new middle school, said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

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The main motivation for the move is to build a larger church to accommodate more residents and more educational programs, said Father Stanley Poltorak, Assumption Catholic Church’s pastor.

“It will be a very historic event in the life of the parish, and will be very beneficial to the community,” Poltorak said.

The flooding of the church in 1997 and 2005 was also taken into consideration when the parish decided to move, but wasn’t one of the main reasons, he said.

The amount of money needed will depend on the design of the new church, but the parish has raised more than $900,000 so far, according to the church’s Web site.

“We will probably do a campaign drive within a year,” Poltorak said.

The church will have an additional two years after that to begin construction, said McConn. If the church does nothing with the property in that amount of time, it will revert to East West Partners.

East West will not be actively involved in the design or construction of the church, but can review the design to make sure it fits with the Gray’s Crossing community, McConn said.

For those interested in donating to the Assumption Parish Building Fund, go to http://www.assumptiontruckee.com.