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Truckees Railyard up for public review

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunA 75-acre portion of Truckee's historic railyard and closed lumber mill will be redeveloped in a proposed mixed-use project that would expand downtown's Commercial Row.
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After four years of planning and study, Truckees Railyard project will finally go before the public tonight, posing the question is this right for Truckee?Covering 75 acres to the east of downtown, the project is proposed for the towns historic rail yard and lumber mill site. Divided into three character areas, project highlights include a hotel, movie theater, a civic building and a number of trails, parks and public spaces.Even though we have this draft master plan, it truly is just a draft to get input on; we dont want people to think this is a done deal, said Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the town. There are challenges for this project, but right now we want people to answer: Is this the right type of development for Truckee?While meetings have been held on the development in the past, the development team had to do its homework to present a clear picture of the project to the public, said Rick Holliday, president of Holliday Development, the developers of the Railyard.We want to share our plans, get peoples thoughts and, hopefully, get their support, Holliday said.

Selling points include a hotel, theater, a civic building and public spaces that could be used for events like a farmers market. Holliday said the theater would likely include between three and six screens, adding that he has talked with several theater operators about the space.The civic building is one place in particular Holliday said he would like to receive the publics advice on.Weve had suggestions of having the post office there, a library, a performing arts center about 10 ideas have surfaced so far, he said.But not everybody has been sold on the project. The owner of Truckee River Glass, Ben Moule, said he doesnt think the public has yet been properly informed.My concern is people in Truckee havent had input, Moule said. For two years theyve been talking about public input, and this meeting (tonight) is the first time to actually have input.Moules business sits squarely within the project area, and he said he hasnt been told what will become of it.None of the buildings that are here now are there anymore in the plans, he said. Im not anti-development. Im for progress, but Im concerned.As for when Truckee could actually see development at the site, Holliday said, depending on approval, groundbreaking could happen late this year or early next year.If people are comfortable with the project, we believe we are on track for approval this fall, and we could start construction soon thereafter, Holliday said. If we got up a lot of speed it would be possible to start late next fall, but more practically early the following spring.


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