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Truckee’s Brickelltown improvements could cost more than initial estimate

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Sun File PhotoA view of the Brickelltown area of downtown Truckee.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; With some of the conceptual work well under way, the town is looking at what initially appears to be the rising costs of revitalizing Brickelltown.

In a number of public workshops, the town has been looking at two alternative options for improving the western end of downtown between the roundabout and Spring Street and#8212; shifting Donner Pass Road to the south, toward the railroad tracks, to bring more parking to the north side of the street, or keeping Donner Pass Road where it is and making other streetscape improvements.

The town previously budgeted about $6.5 million over five years for the project, said Todd Landry, senior engineer with the town, but preliminary estimates and#8212;-introduced at Thursday’s Truckee Town Council meeting and#8212; for both alternatives stand at $8 to $10 million.

Potential contributing costs include an estimated $700,000 easement from Union Pacific Railroad, right of way acquisitions along the properties north of Donner Pass road estimated at $550,000 and $1 million for undergrounding utilities, Landry said.

He recommended altering the project to bring it back toward the town’s budget, a notion shared by council member Joan Jones.

and#8220;I think it’s a great project, but I definitely have real concerns about the cost,and#8221; Jones said. and#8220;I know we can’t afford a $10 million project unless it’s the only thing we do.and#8221;

Also proposed by staff was the consideration of creating a new district in the Brickelltown that would assess a fee on property owners to pay for the on-going maintenance of new sidewalks, parking areas, landscaping and other improvements.

and#8220;I agree with the maintenance district as long as it doesn’t take away the individual characters of Brickelltown,and#8221; said Dave Wilderotter, owner of Tahoe Dave’s. and#8220;There is something about Brickelltown that’s cool, that we have to keep.and#8221;

Debbie Jenkins, senior engineer with Eastern Sierra Engineering, contracted by the town on the Brickelltown project, said her group will be contacting each property owner in Brickelltown over the next few weeks.

and#8220;This is a redevelopment project that’s really trying to spur private investment,and#8221; said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook. and#8220;For this project to get built it needs to be supported by the property owners.and#8221;

The next public workshop for Brickelltown will be on Dec. 2. Time and location have yet to be announced.