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Give Jibboom project a chance

The effort by local developer Tom Watson and his clients to possibly redevelop a parcel of land wedged between Jibboom and High streets in downtown Truckee may be drawing criticism from area neighbors, but their opinions are only a slice of a bigger pie.

Historic preservationists should look at the way the proposed development, dubbed the McManus/Horst project, which includes nine homes and about 17,000 square feet of commercial property, blends with and potentially enhances the downtown.

Although the wishes of the homeowners who would be neighbors to the development should be taken into consideration, it is no secret that Truckee’s downtown corridor has undergone much change in the last few decades to achieve a replicated feel of its historic past. Just like Commercial Row benefited from this type of development, so too can Jibboom Street.

So, the ultimate task of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is to take into account what Truckee once was, and work with MWA architects to decipher what it can be. And the project’s opponents should not simply dismiss all new construction as bad construction, especially considering the benefits it can bring in terms of tourist dollars and quality of Truckee life.

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