Truckee’s Railyard decision Wednesday night
June 16, 2009
TRUCKEE and#8212; The Railyard development planned for downtown Truckee is up for decision Wednesday night at town hall.
The 75-acre development on the eastern end of downtown proposes residential and commercial space including a movie theater and a hotel. The master plan and environmental review have been OK’d by the town’s planning commission, leaving final say to the town council Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.
and#8220;This is potentially the final hearing so if people have thoughts, ideas, concerns or support, now is the time,and#8221; said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.
and#8220;We’re ready for the town to decide. We’ve been at this for five years and held over 60 meetings,and#8221; said Rick Holliday, owner of the project. and#8220;We’re excited and hopeful we’ll be able to finish Wednesday.and#8221;
Some resistance to the project remains, however.
A group called the Friends of Truckee, represented by downtown business and property owner Siobhan Smart, has taken issue with the realignment of Donner Pass Road in the project in previous interviews.
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An ad taken out by the group in the Sierra Sun has also disputed the dismantling of the Union Pacific maintenance building on the property.
Truckee resident Denny Dickinson said he isn’t satisfied with the restoration of Trout Creek as part of the project.
and#8220;The restoration plan appears to resolve the problem but the restoration plan should have to be approved before the project,and#8221; Dickinson said. and#8220;It’s premature.and#8221;
Holliday said he had hoped that after the lengthy public process everybody would be happy, but said he’s ready for the lawsuit Friends of Truckee have threatened.
and#8220;We’re ready if folks still have issues and feel it needs to go into the legal system, but it would be a shame and#8212; we just don’t know what else to do,and#8221; Holliday said.
Lashbrook said that while the project could be approved at the master plan level tonight, individual phases within the project would have to come back for approval, so certain specifics will come back for public review in the future.