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Truckee to study garage possibility

The state has awarded Truckee a $35,000 grant to study the feasibility of a parking structure downtown.

The funding allows Truckee to hire a consultant to analyze current and future needs for parking in the downtown area, and examine possible locations for new parking. The California Department of Housing and Community Development grant was supported by state Sen. Dave Cox.

“I believe it will be necessary in the future to have [parking] structures that go up as opposed to out,” Cox said. “I believe it is possible to go up and build tasteful and aesthetic structures to compliment the Town of Truckee, and for that mater, any community around the lake.”

David Griffith, Truckee’s redevelopment and housing coordinator, said he will be seeking proposals from consultants to conduct the study starting June 15 and due by July 16.

According to a town staff report, the consultant will be required to study site selection, develop design concepts for preferred sites, identify costs of such a project, provide input for environmental review, and make recommendations to the town.

Currently the favored site for new public parking is on the corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets, at the post office location, Griffith said.

“A quick estimate using the dimensions and numbers for the site would allow a three-story building with 300 spaces and 5,000 to 10,000 square feet of retail space,” Griffith said.

Griffith said he hopes the study could begin in August, be finished in eight to 10 weeks, and go before the public and town council in October.

“I will be presenting the results to council, revisiting the feasibility of a structure, looking at parking supply and demand, and making recommendations,” Griffith said.

If a parking garage is found feasible and necessary, and receives council approval, construction could begin in 2012 and finish between 2013 and 2015, although other factors could change that, he said.

If town leaders select the post office site, the lot across Jibboom Street would likely be developed at the same time, and demand for parking from the new development, which may include a hotel, could push the timeline forward, Griffith said.

So, too, could new development at the Railyard, he said.

Alternative sites picked by the town include the Catholic church site and near the power substation along the Railyard property, Griffith said.

Griffith said he hopes the garage would be built in a partnership between the redevelopment agency and a private developer, whether it’s the developer of the site across Jibboom Street, or another project.

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