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Truckee’s corporation yard purchase nearly done

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
image courtesy the Town of TruckeeThe Town of Truckee and the Truckee Fire Protection District are collaborating to purchase a US Forest Service parcel to serve both agencies' needs. Together with the Forest Service, the three agencies will collaboratively develop the parcel for new facilites.
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The Town of Truckee is drawing up the final papers for the purchase of its new corporation yard.

The 19.46-acre site, currently owned by the U.S. Forest Service and located east of Donner Pass Road between Interstate 80 and Glenshire Drive, will house the town’s heavy equipment, as well as the animal control facility and police storage.

The Truckee Fire Protection District has agreed to buy three of those 19-plus acres for its own administrative offices ” and eventually a new fire station ” at the price of $850,000.

“The town spent four years studying over 20 potential sites,” said Public Works Director Dan Wilkins. “The town has the funds for the purchase at this time, but we don’t have the money to build the full project.”

An agreement with the Forest Service includes a $3.93 million price tag for the property; $887,000 for utility infrastructure, and requires the town to construct an intersection and an access road, Wilkins said, adding up to a $5.51 million total for the town’s commitment.

Town staff is negotiating intersection construction with Rich Barsell, who owns the property west of the new corporation yard site across Donner Pass Road, Wilkins said.

The Barsell property is slated to include a hotel, office space, and retail space, according to staff reports, so an intersection ” potentially a roundabout ” would service both locations.

While the town’s policy favors roundabouts for intersections, the grade on that section of Donner Pass Road may mean a roundabout isn’t feasible, Wilkins said.

Joanne Roubique, Truckee district ranger, said the remainder of the Forest Service parcel will be used for a new Forest Service administrative center, replacing the current location north of Interstate 80.

Employee housing and a visitor center may also be included in the future, she said.

The Truckee Fire Protection District has been looking for more land in anticipation of Truckee’s future growth, said Fire Chief Bryce Keller, and the Forest Service site serves that purpose.

“This is a win-win-win for all parties,” Keller said.

While administrative buildings will be the fire district’s first priority, he said, a fire station ” the ninth for Truckee Fire ” is also in the cards, he said.

“We’re not ready for it now, but we know we will need it in the future,” Keller said.

The agreement will go before town council for approval on March 15, and if approved, construction on the corporation yard and Town of Truckee animal shelter could begin in the summer of 2008, Wilkins said.

The project, including the new intersection, may be complete by 2009, he said.