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Truckee’s downtown Railyard plan gets facelift

The look of Truckee’s proposed Railyard development has changed significantly since its last public review in October, as plans for the key downtown property have gone through the planning process.

The new vision for the 62-acre site divides the project into three characteristic areas: a downtown extension, a warehouse district and a Trout Creek neighborhood. Other planning elements for the former lumber mill site include open space, a civic building, and “event streets” that could be closed for public activities.

The first section, the downtown extension area, would contain a hotel block and a theater block, said Town Associate Planner Denyelle Nishimori at Thursday’s town council meeting.

“The first phase will be an extension of downtown ” feathering development from the existing downtown,” Nishimori said.

The second section, called the warehouse character area, will feature larger structures east of the downtown extension, she said.

“Despite it’s name, it wouldn’t be industrial, it would most likely be live-work areas with more retail,” Nishimori said.

Currently known as the Trout Creek Neighborhood area, the third section will be residential development along Trout Creek, north of the warehouse area, she said.

Nishimori said other major changes that will come with the project include moving the balloon track east (the loop of railroad that allows snowplow trains to turn around), realignments of Donner Pass Road, Glenshire Drive and potentially Trout Creek.

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