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Blue Sky proposes creation of two ‘historic’ buildings

Blue Sky Homes recently renovated and reopened the McGwinn house, and now it is ready to start its next phase – but first it must get through some red tape.

In a hearing Sept. 24, the Truckee Historic Preservation Advisory Commission decided to continue the hearing at the next meeting, on Oct. 8. According to Heidi Scoble, associate planner for the town, a couple HPAC members had to leave during the meeting, which meant the committee did not have a quorum and could not go on with the hearing.

The second and third phases of Blue Sky’s project include construction of two commercial buildings on High Street directly behind the McGwinn house, according to Blue Sky owner Mitch Clarin.

Because the projects are in the historic district, Blue Sky must use the historic design guidelines from the town’s recently updated historic preservation program. This means more work for the owner/builder Mitch and his crew at Blue Sky, but he said he likes doing it.

“It depends on who you are,” Clarin said about creating or restoring a historic building. These buildings never really existed before. It’s a little tougher than [the McGwinn house.]”

Scoble added that the design has to incorporate historic elements in its mass and scale, the context with the neighboring buildings, the site layout, building materials and the color of the exterior.

The offices will be for rent, but Clarin said he wants to limit the tenants to the home business. “The theory is to keep everything in home services,” he said. Examples of possible tenants would be a title company, an architect, an interior decorator or other related businesses.

Scoble did acknowledge that some HPAC members had initial concerns about the mass of the buildings and added that proposed parking could be an issue in the approval process. However, she said it was too early to say if the project will be approved or denied as it is proposed.

Clarin did not know the exact square footage of the two buildings, but said each would be a small- to medium-sized business office.

HPAC will consider the Blue Sky Homes commercial buildings at its meeting Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. at Town Hall. Scoble said the issues discussed at the Oct. 8 meeting will probably be the same as those discussed at the truncated meeting last week.

For more information about Blue Sky Homes, visit or For more information on Truckee’s historic preservation program, visit

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