Truckee Industrial Park starting to fill up: Project brings new residential ideas to Truckee as four projects are already approved
Truckee Industrial Park, an area set up by the Town of Truckee’s General Plan as a relocation spot for industrial business along the Truckee River, is beginning to bear fruit.
Four projects have been approved by the planning commission already – slated for the Auto Doctor, Summit Construction, a Monforte Industrial Building and a Mountain Forge Industrial Building – and two more will be heard by the planning commission in the next couple months.
There are 14 lots on 21 acres and the industrial park is located near the Interstate 80/Highway 89 junction.
The difference with these buildings, however, is they are bringing a residential aspect to industrial buildings. In each of the four projects, the designs call for a residential dwelling above the industrial building.
“We’re excited it’s happening,” Truckee Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said of the residential units within the industrial use area. Once the buildings are constructed, Truckee will find out if this new design works for the town.
Ciro Mancuso, who developed the area, said residential over business is “kind of a trendy thing right now,” and said it would benefit employers, employees, the town and the developers.
In the majority of the buildings, an employee “directly or indirectly” related with the company would live in the residential dwelling. That way, there isn’t industrial business disturbances to a residence.
Plus, “We’re talking about industrial, but pretty soft uses,” Mancuso said. “Truckee is not a smoke-stack town.”
“We recognize there is a shortage of affordable housing in Truckee,” Mancuso said. By including the residential on top of the industrial, affordable housing is added, which the town likes, employees receive affordable housing and a short commute – just downstairs – the employer has an employee close at hand and the developer saves money.
There is no extra cost to tack on a residential unit, Mancuso said, so the developer does not have to buy extra land to set up housing.
Mancuso also mentioned he thinks these small advances in affordable housing are the best way to go. “We’re dealing with [affordable housing] in small segments instead of one large development,” he said.
The issues brought up at the August planning commission meeting for the Auto Doctor and the Sept. meeting for the other three were relatively similar to each other. Correspondence came from Coachland Mobile Home Park and the Pine Forest Subdivision, both of which are neighbors of the industrial park and are concerned about industrial business noise.
Other issues were related to security for the businesses, outdoor work and storage and fencing issues.
For all four projects the planning commission limited the hours of outdoor operation, but realized a business like snow removers would have to operate before or after normal hours. The commission relied on town code for noise abatement, which limits the decibel level of outdoor operations based on time of day and duration of noise.
For the rest of the lots, Mancuso said he will encourage other owners to include a residential unit in their deigns, but it is not a requirement. “We believe it’s answering one problem…one of Truckee’s housing problems,” he said.
Mancuso said four or five of the projects should be started next Spring and finished by the end of Summer 2004.
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