Truckee’s history is rich and varied. It has thrived through periods of logging, mining, railroads, and tourism. It’s gone from unincorporated hamlet to an ever growing town. And now, a new chapter is on the horizon for our little mountain town. This spring, construction will begin on the infrastructure for the long awaited Truckee Railyard Project. This past summer, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded the project an $8 million grant, bringing its total secured funding to $14 million. The Railyard development was one of 28 housing and transit-friendly infrastructure projects that received $121.9 million in grants and loans from the council.
The Truckee Railyard Master Plan, which encompasses 75 acres directly east of Historic Downtown, was adopted by the Truckee Town Council in 2009. This area currently is a bit of an eye-sore and is mostly unused. The 2009 Master Plan was created to formalize the Town’s vision for the Railyard Area and to guide its future redevelopment. The plan addresses building architecture and character, desired land uses, and private/public spaces including roads, sidewalks and parking among other aspects.
The Phase I application shows a roughly 30,000-square-foot, independently owned and operated three to six-screen movie and performing arts theater, a brew pub restaurant, a retail building with an office above, mixed income housing, a 32,000-square-foot grocery store, and downtown workforce housing for land located east of the town’s Commercial Row.
Phase 1 features 27 residential units and ground floor retail space. There will be a 77 unit, mixed-income development including 60 affordable housing units and 17 market rate ones. A family owned and operated Northern California grocery store chain, Nugget, has signed a letter of intent, as well.
Two additional phases will eventually complete the project. Phase II, the Trout Creek District, will provide a mix of single family and multi-family homes along the newly restored Trout Creek. These homes have the unique opportunity to provide well designed, smaller single family units in the downtown core. Phase III, the Industrial Heritage District will contain a mix of uses including multi-family residential, artisan and commercial space, live-work and work-live uses.
The Railyard is a vision for redefining mountain living. Growth in our full time population and the local economy have created an immense unmet demand for workforce housing, live/work space, and office space. And increasingly, residents and visitors’ alike desire a more walkable mixed-use area, which this project is uniquely prepared to offer.
See for yourself! You can find more information and see renderings on the Truckee Railyard website.