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Future Public Buildings – Where Should They Go?

Stephen L. Wright, Town Manager

For the next couple of minutes, put on your town-planning hat.

That’s right, think of it as a game – from a bird’s-eye view of Truckee, where would you put a new library, or fire station, or town hall, or courthouse, or …?

My question is not that far-fetched, because you can play this game right now – and it’s for real.

Some time ago, the Truckee Town Council decided to start a process to locate a potential site for a new town hall. It appointed a citizen’s committee and started to evaluate alternative sites and possible partners in such an endeavor. What the committee found out was that not only are there a number of logical sites out there, there may also be a number of other public agencies who might want to “play” in this game if the “right” site can be found that can actually save taxpayer dollars and/or benefit constituents in the process.

The citizen’s committee has now gone as far as it can without your help. It has identified five alternative sites and a large number of possible partners who have potential future needs because of Truckee’s growth. It has scheduled a meeting to get the public’s thoughts because the board is not willing to make a recommendation to the town council until they have heard from you. The meeting will be held on Tuesday July 9 at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers on Airport Road. You really do get to put on your planning hat!

The five potential sites include the Hilltop area, West River Street (near Donner Creek), the Old Mill Site, a site between Bridge Street and the old Mill Site, and US Forest Service property at the southeast corner of I-80 and 267. Potential partners include a school district administrative building, a courthouse, a fire station, a USFS welcome center, a town hall, a library, a post office and maybe even a community center.

No commitments have been made for any of these sites, and no public agencies have committed to participate. Will all of these projects be built? Will any of them? Should they be? Are these the right sites? Should they be built together or separately placed around Town? Is it too expensive to even consider?

Only you know the answers to these questions from your perspective and we need to hear what you are thinking. At the meeting, information on the pros and cons of each of the sites and possible joint-use opportunities will be discussed. Cost and benefit implications will also be presented. Then it’s your turn. Your thoughts really will make a difference so let us know what you think.

Remember, the meeting will be held July 9 at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. It is planned to be a relatively informal process – no TV cameras, just you and a few of your closest neighbors. Please join us. It’s your chance to do some real Town planning.


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