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Truckee Railyard project goes after state designation, lawsuit still looming

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; With a lawsuit still looming, Railyard developers and the town are going after a state designation for the project that could help with future funding.

A California Department of Housing and Community Development program called Catalyst Projects is looking for six developments that demonstrate sustainable communities and test innovative strategies and#8212; something Holliday Development thinks fits its downtown project.

and#8220;We donand#8217;t get anything really tangible except an important designation from the state that would make any future application much more likely to get funded,and#8221; said project owner Rick Holliday.

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said to earn designation, a project must have a public-private partnership, like the one between Holliday Development and the town, and hold 250 or more housing units.

The Railyard, approved last June, sits on 75 acres just east of downtown Truckee, and would include a movie theater and a hotel, along with residential and commercial zoning.

Shortly after that approval, a group called Friends of Truckee filed suit against the project.

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The group takes issue with the projectand#8217;s plans for Trout Creek, an old railroad building on the site, and the re-routing of Donner Pass Road, said Bryan DeVoe, one of the plaintiffs named in the legal petition, along with Siobhan Smart.

Pre-trial hearings have been held, and the first trial date is set for April 2.

and#8220;The litigation is really frustrating, difficult, annoying and expensive, but weand#8217;re going to hang in there and get this done,and#8221; Holliday said.