Truckee’s Gray’s Crossing continues to grow |

Truckee’s Gray’s Crossing continues to grow

Courtesy IllustrationAn artist's illustration shows the walkways and buildings of Gray's Crossing Village, which is scheduled to break ground next summer.

Construction is nearing completion on the first of two Highway 89 north roundabouts, creating access to the affordable apartments at Gray’s Crossing.

At the same time, the first phases of the Gray’s Crossing Village are on track to break ground next year.

Located at Donner Pass Road and Highway 89 north, the two-lane roundabout is the first of two planned roundabouts and is nearly finished, allowing the adjacent affordable rentals to open for occupancy.

Construction will begin next spring on the second roundabout, at 89 north and Alder Drive/Prosser Dam Road, along with a restaurant, coffee shop, grocery, retail, and residential space in the village at Gray’s Crossing.

“The roundabout is almost done, we should be on target with some curb, gutter, paving, striping and signage left to be completed by October 15,” said Jeff Butterworth, Gray’s Crossing project manager. “Landscaping may be [done] by October 15, too, or it might happen next spring.”

The roundabout completes the access for the 92-unit, two- and three-bedroom affordable apartment complex, earning it a certification of occupancy from the Truckee Fire Protection District, Butterworth said.

Housing Services Director Tom Ballou of the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe said the units, eligible for rental agreements since April, are now available to occupy with the certification.

“We’ve begun moving tenants in now, but there is still room for larger households ” there are a number of three-bedroom units still available,” Ballou said.

The second roundabout at the Highway 89 north. Alder Drive/ Prosser Dam Road intersection is on schedule to begin construction May 1 2008, pending final decisions from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Fish and Game for nearby wetland impacts, and the state for archeological findings, Butterworth said.

“Our consultants determined the site requires no further study, and we are waiting for the state to say the same,” Butterworth said.

Infrastructure and ground work for the Gray’s Crossing Village has begun, Butterworth said. Actual construction is slated for spring 2008, with three buildings up first, he said.

Butterworth said the first round of construction includes Building A, consisting of retail, a coffee shop, and nine residential lofts; Building C, which includes retail and a restaurant; and a 7,500 square-foot grocery store that does not yet have a tenant.

Plans for the remainder of the roughly 20-acre village include townhomes, a bus shelter, a hotel, a gas station, and a church, according to town documents.

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