Tahoe housing project to bring up to 600 homes to local workers as home prices skyrocket

{ SF Chronicle | August 25, 2020 }

Before the pandemic, many essential workers were already struggling to afford Tahoe, motoring long distances — often through heavy snow — to keep the tourism powerhouse humming. Now, the region’s housing crisis has only gotten worse, with Bay Area transplants driving up home prices and rents amid the coronavirus pandemic. But in downtown Truckee one developer hopes that an urban-style neighborhood built in an old railyard can help house workers scrambling for shelter. After 15 years of planning, the Truckee Railyard project, which will eventually include as many as 600 homes — a mix of affordable and market rate units — is under construction on a 38-acre property just east of downtown. The first piece of the development is 77 affordable units targeting low-income artists. The units will target a range of incomes, with the cheapest studio going for about $400 a month and the largest three-bedroom for about $1,500. In addition to the $28 million loft complex, the developer has invested $30 million in new infrastructure. The project, expected to open in April, is being built with modular units from Factory OS on Mare Island in Vallejo and trucked over the Donner Pass. The hope is that the Railyard… Read more »

Truckee accepts $2.31 million for Trout Creek restoration

{ Sierra Sun | May 1, 2020 }

The Trout Creek restoration project will include an extension of Church Street and the installation of a roundatbout on Glenshire Drive. Town of Truckee The Truckee Town Council has approved a resolution to accept $2.31 million in funds from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the restoration of Trout Creek The money will be used as part of the project extending Church Street, which is part of the larger Truckee Railyard Master Plan. In order to receive funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the town on Tuesday committed to fund the match requirement of $1,54 million, which was the approximate amount already budgeted for restoration work on the creek as part of the Church Street Extension project. The extension project will connect Church Street to Glenshire Drive via a roundabout, and will cross Trout Creek at the east end of the Truckee Railyard Master Plan area. Restoration work is set to be done around the areas where Church Street will cross over Trout Creek. Within the next two months, town staff anticipates restarting design work on the area. Plans, according to town staff, are to complete environmental permits, plan specifications, and estimates in time to… Read more »

Truckee to Transform Downtown with Railyard Redevelopment

{ California Planning & Development Report | July 28, 2019 }

Truckee to Transform Downtown with Railyard Redevelopment Nestled in a valley 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe, the Town of Truckee is known for its Old West history, ski-town vibe, and small-town charm. Facing growth pressures from tourists and residents alike, Truckee is, after years of resistance, about to get a little less small. Truckee is small by geographic necessity. Its downtown occupies a narrow stretch bounded by Route 80 to the north and the Truckee River to the south. Historic Main Street – with its single-story red-brick buildings and false fronts – runs parallel to train tracks and stops short after just four blocks at an expansive 75-acre Union Pacific railyard. With a population just over 16,000, Truckee is growing – and needs to accommodate that growth. But in Truckee, there simply isn’t space. But there is a railyard. In the past decade, Truckee has embarked on an urban infill project that, by remediating a brownfield and building around a functioning railroad line, will transform a 156-year-old Union Pacific site into an extension of its historic downtown. Based on a master plan first drafted in 2009, the Truckee Railyard Project will double the size of its downtown, blending workforce… Read more »

Groundbreaking for Artist Lofts is Imminent

{ Moonshine Ink | July 22, 2019 }

Developers of the Truckee Railyard’s first project hope for completion by mid-2021; resident interest list will go live soon. For 15 years the Truckee Railyard has had a project in the works — an infill development expanding Truckee’s historic downtown to the east. Ultimately, the planned buildings will play host to multiple residential options, retail stores, a movie theater, and eating establishments. To get to there, Holliday Development, CFY Development Inc., and Egis Group Inc. are pushing forward the first approved project under the Railyard umbrella: Truckee Artist Lofts. The workforce housing development will undergo construction beginning in August, with hopes for completion by spring/summer 2021 at the latest. Jason Hansford, Railyard project manager, thinks 12 months could be a more realistic time frame, as long as the weather plays nice. He explained that since the project received its go-ahead tax credits on June 12, the tentative timeline until the residences are up and running includes excavation and foundation work followed by stick frame construction and then the arrival of the modular units (more on the why and how of modular here). “When the units show up, they’ll be stacked,” Hansford said. “That should only take a matter of weeks … Then it’s roofing… Read more »

Holliday Development Railyard Truckee Big Life Video

{ truckee.com | October 30, 2018 }

  After 15-years of hard work, Holliday Development has completed the cornerstone and gateway to The Truckee Railyard Project! In this video hear how the plan for the Railyard builds on a strong sense of community, a well-loved destination, and a world-class location by filling major voids in the Tahoe region’s marketplace. Growth in the full-time population and local economy has created immense unmet demand for workforce housing, live/work space, and office space. Increasingly, Tahoe residents and visitors alike desire a mixed-use, dense and walkable place, which Truckee Railyard is uniquely prepared to offer. Long unmet local and regional demand for movie theaters, a grocery store, new restaurants and retail, and civic destinations will be fulfilled by the Truckee Railyard’s expansion of a historic downtown to create a truly complete place at the gateway to the Truckee-Tahoe region. Watch here.  

Smart, urban development is transforming Truckee

{ SF Chronicle | April 15, 2018 }

One of California’s hottest development projects can be found in one of its coldest towns. In an era of neighbor-bites-neighbor fights against big developments, perhaps it’s fitting that an antidote should emerge from Donner Pass. Tiny Truckee — a snowy municipality of 16,300 — is doubling the size of its downtown. The Railyard Project — it’s a converted rail yard — shows that communities can overcome NIMBYism, environmental litigation, and other California obstacles in pursuit of transformational development. The project also shows just how difficult such transformations have become in a state once famous for dramatic change. Truckee’s ambition is startling. First, it’s starting with affordable housing — often the last type of housing to be added to a project, given the political and financial challenges. Second, it’s exactly the sort of dense, urban development that draws fierce opposition in the state’s biggest cities. While the project has gotten little notice outside the Sierra, that seems likely to change as construction continues. The project used innovative financing mechanisms, including dollars from the state’s cap-and-trade program. It is likely to employ factory-made housing as a way of reducing the sky-high costs of construction. And gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom has praised Truckee… Read more »

Law Review: Railyard Project underway — hooray!

{ Sierra Sun | September 15, 2017 }

The question I get asked more than any other — more than “Porter aren’t you retired by now?” and even more than “How did you manage to have such a wonderful family?” — is: “So when is the Railyard Project going to get started?” GROUNDBREAKING Well, this just in — brace yourselves — after a dozen years in planning and permitting; after hundreds of public meetings and input from citizens; longtime second homeowners Rick and Nancy Holliday’s Railyard Project on the east side of downtown Truckee is financed, and believe it or not, just broke ground. You heard it here first. The much heralded and long-anticipated Railyard development has equipment on site; infrastructure improvements and rail track realignments have begun. Hip hip hooray! The missing piece fell into play when the Holliday’s new financial connection Tom Engberg, also a longtime Truckee second homeowner, fell in love with the Railyard and brought his company, the Loja Group, in to finance the creative downtown project. Who doesn’t love Truckee? KMART CONNECTION Without knowing it, Tom and one of his former partners Doug Wiele played a role in recent Truckee history. You’ve no doubt heard about the infamous Kmart project up by the… Read more »

On Track and at the Front of the Pack – Truckee Railyard Finally Moves Forward

{ Moonshine Ink | November 17, 2016 }

The Truckee Railyard project heralds a lot of firsts. It’s the first time the Town of Truckee has partnered this closely with a developer. Likely the first time a developer convinced Union Pacific to accept commercial development within a balloon track. The first time this site will diverge from a history of industrial uses. The first Truckee project for Holliday Development, which has been building mix-used communities in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. While exciting, being out in front of the pack means any headwind hits you straight-on. After spending 12 years and counting on the Truckee Railyard, owner and developer Rick Holliday acutely feels the pain of being a pioneer. In addition to the pocketful of firsts, the site offers up issues of environmental cleanup, significant infrastructure updates, airplane flight paths overhead, a railroad running through, and a heap of expectations from the Town. Truckee Development Associates, LLC (led by Holliday Development) is in charge of the Railyard Project. The parent company specializes in public-private partnerships and sustainable infill projects, and so is no stranger to complicated projects. Overall, the field of infill redevelopment is not for the “faint of heart,” Holliday says, but “[the Railyard]… Read more »

Truckee, California Wins the Curbed Cup Ski Town of the Year

{ Curbed Ski | February 17, 2016 }

Sixteen ski towns entered, but only one emerged victorious: Truckee, California is officially the 2015 Curbed Cup winner! The battle for the Curbed Cup Ski Town of the Year was fierce, but in the end Truckee beat out Sun Valley by a margin of 369 votes. Everyone had a lot to say about the final match up, with one commenter arguing, “Sun Valkey is amazing. As much as I’d like to keep this secret to myself, I think it needs to be shared.” There were plenty of Truckee fans too, one writing, “With Lake Tahoe being the most amazing backyard to it how could it not be number one?” There were over 3,700 votes cast in the final round alone, so the Curbed Cup definitely struck a nerve. In the end, Truckee took home the final prize. It’s a good year for it too, with monster El Niño snow dropping plenty of fresh pow for skiers to enjoy at nearby Northstar, SugarBowl, Donner Ski Ranch, and Squaw Valley. Cheers to Truckee and congrats on the win!

Truckee, California Earns National Honors for its Infill Growth

{ Curbed Ski | January 15, 2016 }

In addition to claiming the title of Curbed Cup Ski Town of the Year, Truckee also topped a nationwide ranking of communities using strategic steps to increase infill development. In the latest rankings from Infill Score, a website dedicated to logging and promoting communities’ infill development achievements, Truckee was the top performer nationwide, increasing its score from 25 to 85 from 2000 to 2015. That level of improvement was not only good enough for Truckee to rank as the top small community, but it also was the most improved of any town or city using Infill Score to benchmark its success. The credit for Truckee’s success largely falls to the community’s tenacity in following through on plans, some of which date back to the town’s1993 incorporation, to redevelop tracts of land that would otherwise only represent the scars of past industries. One of the great coups of Truckee is that its master plan focused on infill growth starting in the late 1990s. That laid the groundwork for the town to find incentives to revitalize its downtown instead of building out the surrounding areas. The sites of an old sawmill and railyard, in particular, were key areas for the town to… Read more »

Truckee Railyard Master Plan Amendment and Rail House Theater Project Submitted

{ townoftruckee.com | October 19, 2015 }

The Truckee Railyard Master Plan, which encompasses 75 acres directly east of Historic Downtown, was adopted by the Town Council in 2009. 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. Following the adoption of the 2009 Railyard Master Plan the developer continued to refine site and building layouts, permitting, project costs and terms with Union Pacific Railroad. However, it became clear during this time that relocation of the balloon track—a major existing site constraint—would not be feasible and was no longer the preferred option. As a result, a revised Master Plan is proposed to reflect the changed circumstances. The amended Railyard Master Plan was submitted to the Planning Division on October 5, 2015 and is current under review. A joint Town Council/Planning Commission study session will be scheduled in the near future to present revisions and changes and also to present the first building to the public and decision-makers: The Rail House Theater. Use the link below to access the proposed amended Railyard Master Plan, the adopted 2009 Railyard… Read more »

$8 million grant to kick-start multi-acre Truckee Railyard development

{ Sierra Sun | July 9, 2015 }

TRUCKEE, Calif. — With enough funding aboard, the much delayed Truckee Railyard project is on the verge of leaving the station. Last week, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded the project an $8 million grant, bringing its total secured funding to $14 million, said developer Rick Holliday. 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. “This funding will kick-start infill development and smart growth adjacent to our historic downtown consistent with the vision that this community created 20 years ago as part of Truckee’s General Plan,” Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said in an statement. Funds will be used to install infrastructure — sewer, utilities and roads — at the Railyard site located immediately east of the town’s Commercial Row, Holliday said. That work is estimated to cost $15 million to $20 million. The secured funds will be used to leverage the final remaining balance, said Holliday, founder and president of Holliday Development. Preparation of the site for construction is anticipated to start later this summer or early fall, he said. The following spring, infrastructure work would begin in anticipation for construction of the multi-phased… Read more »

Truckee Railyard project eyes summer 2015 groundbreaking

{ Tahoe Daily Tribune | January 22, 2015 }

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After being stalled for years due to a lawsuit and the economic downturn, the Truckee Railyard project is picking up steam. On Oct. 2, 2014, Truckee Development Associates submitted preliminary applications to the town of Truckee, said Denyelle Nishimori, planning manager for the town. The Phase I land use application outlines a roughly 30,000-square-foot, independently owned and operated eight-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 property east of the town’s Commercial Row. “The Railyard is a great in-fill project for Truckee,” said Lynn Saunders, president and CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. “It takes an unsightly parcel of land that is set in a highly desirable location right beside our historic downtown, and recreates it into an innovative mixed-use development that will only expand our assets.” Yet, project details continue to be modified, Nishimori said. “Although we have a preliminary application, we have not done much work on it because the concepts, plans, diagrams are continually changing,” Nishimori said. “… The preliminary applications are basically at a standstill.” Recent changes include location of… Read more »

Full Steam Ahead

{ Moonshine Ink | November 14, 2014 }

More than five years after the Truckee Railyard Master Plan was approved, and a number of obstacles later, the developer of the railyard project submitted a preliminary application to the town on Oct. 2. The conceptual plans include some notable changes, including keeping the balloon track, which would require a master plan amendment. The pre-application for Phase I development in the Downtown Extension District includes a 30,000 square foot movie and performing arts theater, a distillery or brew pub, a grocery store, artists housing, and workforce housing. Rick Holliday, developer of the project, said it will take three to six months to secure developers and funding for the project, but he hopes to break ground next summer. After town planners review the application and submit their feedback, Holliday will have to submit a formal application for approval. “This is a very important project,” Holliday said. “I think we are going to get going this year.” After California Gov. Jerry Brown dissolved all of the state’s redevelopment agencies in 2010, funding for initiatives like the railyard project dried up. Holliday needs $16 million for infrastructure alone. The project was awarded $4 million in grant funding from the state, so he’s looking… Read more »

Adaptive Reuse Keeps on Truckee

{ Real Estate BisNow | November 11, 2013 }

Oakland-based Holliday Development pioneered the urban, industrial-to-residential, mixed-use conversion in projects like The Clocktower in SoMa. Now, it’s embarking on a similar transformation in the Sierras, at the 35-acre Truckee Railyard. The project is an incredible canvas to expand on Truckee’s historic downtown and a rare model for smart, infill development in a mountain town, Holliday’s Kevin Brown told us yesterday. (And you thought Truckee was just a place to fill up on the way to Tahoe.) Nearly 900k SF of development is coming, including 600 residential units (both for-sale and apartments), office space, the first movie theater screens in downtown Truckee, a boutique hotel, grocery, and more. The company has constructed one small mixed-use building—a two-story townhome over a cupcake bakery—as an example of modern downtown living and to show folks what’s to come. The site is a former Union Pacific rail yard that Truckee officials have eyedfor years. (Now that there hasn’t been a gold rush in a 150 years.) Holliday bought the property from Union Pacific and then entered into a partnership with the town on a joint planning process to figure out downtown’s missing elements, capitalizing on the town’s potential as the gateway to Tahoe. Kevin says downtown Truckee contains very little housing stock. He expects the office space will appeal to a growing number of tech entrepreneurs who love… Read more »

10th Annual Mountain Home Awards – Mixed Use Award

{ TAHOE QUARTERLY | MOUNTAIN HOME 2013/REDESIGNING RENO | April 19, 2013 }

Contemporary Meets Rustic in this Truckee Live-Work Space By Jackie Ginley The project taking this year’s Mixed-Use Award blends so well with Truckee’s historic downtown that one has to ask on seeing it the first time if it isn’t just one of the town’s old landmarks, renovated with a fresh face. From the street, it looks like a modest building sided with old barnwood and supported by exposed steel beams reminiscent of the town’s railroad days. Below is the Cake Tahoe bakery. Above is a small, sunny deck that hints of residential space. But climb the steep flight of stairs to the second story and you’re in for a surprise. The space opens to a two-story condo with contemporary design features artfully woven into the rustic finishes long associated with Old Tahoe style. The main flooring is fashioned from reclaimed oak so rich in character one would guess it might have been salvaged from the Victorian building that stood in this same spot 120 years before. Here, contemporary meets mountain to flawless effect in a design combining the sleek elegance of blue steel and Scandinavian-inspired cabinetry designs with the earthy feel of pickled barnwood. “Our innovative approach and modern design… Read more »

Economic Engine that Could

{ Comstock's Magazine | May 9, 2012 }

Truckee’s railyard redevelopment faces its toughest hill yet, but supporters think they can A town long known for its quaint historic authenticity, Truckee in the past five years has evolved from a sleepy hamlet to a city with the promise of vibrancy. But it’s a town mostly seen through car windows or during a quick stop as people make their way to the famous lake and ski resorts beyond its boundary. In marketing lingo, Truckee is the gateway to Tahoe’s North Shore. But plainly stated, it’s a base camp for its surroundings, and that’s the label the town is committed to with the redevelopment of its downtown railyard. When first approved in June 2009, the Truckee Railyard project was to be the largest downtown development since the town’s founding in 1868. Despite its magnitude, the project received a concerted 5-0 vote of approval from the Town Council and overwhelming public support, including that of every living Truckee mayor, the Truckee Donner Railroad Society and the Truckee River Watershed Council. Rarely does a project enjoy such broad public support, yet three years after approval, this one remains at a virtual standstill. There are “25 million” small problems in the way, and… Read more »

ULI Advisory Panel Helped Keep Tahoe Blue

{ Urban Land Institute Magazine | February 29, 2012 }

Lake Tahoe, the largest, highest-elevation alpine lake in North America, is one of the most treasured natural wonders in the United States. But its pristine natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities have also put pressure on the area by bringing in growing numbers of vacationers and year-round residents. With its jewel-like fresh-water lake cradled by snow-peaked mountains even in the summer months, Lake Tahoe is one of the top international attractions in California. In the early 1980s, regional officials became increasingly concerned about the prospects for the area’s long-term sustainability—both environmental and economic—and brought in a ULI Advisory Services panel to provide guidance on several key fronts. The ensuing report and implementation of many of the panel’s recommendations have been seen as a case study for how to improve regional planning. Once a sleepy resort area, the Tahoe basin boomed after the 1960 Winter Olympics. The games introduced millions of viewers to the area’s natural beauty, and Olympics-related infrastructure upgrades, including major freeway access, facilitated the rapid increase in the number of permanent residents from 10,000 to more than 50,000 in two decades. The summer population has swelled from 10,000 before the Olympics to nearly ten times that amount today,… Read more »

Truckee Railyard Lawsuit: Suprerior Court Judge Rules in Favor of Town, Developer

{ Sierra Sun | May 28, 2010 }

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A Nevada County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the town of Truckee and Holliday Development regarding the planned residential and commercial development at the Truckee Railyard. In a Wednesday order, Judge C. Anders Holmer denied a petition from the Friends of Truckee, a group who sued last year to stop the Railyard development, a project approved by town council a year ago that is planned for the eastern end of downtown Truckee. “I’m ecstatic,” said project owner Rick Holliday in a Friday interview. “I do feel we had won in the court of public opinion five to zero in the planning commission, five to zero in the town council, and felt the public’s voice was loud on this.” Town Manager Tony Lashbrook agreed. “It’s nice to have this hurtle behind us. A lot of time and effort was spent in the community process addressing these issues, and I guess the court confirmed we handled it appropriately,” Lashbrook said. He said the town has been working on the Railyard site since 1995. Next up, Lashbrook said the town and project owners Holliday Development will likely meet to discuss options moving forward. Donald Mooney, representing the… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: Community’s Railyard Plan Approved

{ Sierra Sun | August 13, 2009 }

The approved Railyard master plan is the community’s plan that was shaped with input from hundreds of participants through an extensive public process. The plan was developed over a multi-year process that engaged the community, neighbors, stakeholders and dozens of design professionals and experts. The plan and process was awarded grant funding to be a model sustainable infill project for the State and most recently and American Planning Association Award for Comprehensive Planning. Creating a redevelopment plan for the Railyard was a complex process that involved more than three years of study, analysis and design. The road alignment as proposed is a key element in creating one downtown that is connected together as a whole and that will evolve over time toward the east. After working on this plan for many years, I believe this is the best plan for the downtown that implements the vision set forth in the Downtown Specific Plan. During past workshops, four planning concepts were supported and confirmed: 1) Create a pedestrian friendly and walkable extension to the existing downtown; 2) The visual and physical link between the existing downtown and the railyard is critical to the success of creating and supporting mainstreet; 3) The project… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: You decide on the Truckee Railyard

{ Sierra Sun | August 11, 2009 }

The Aug. 5 edition of the Sierra Sun included a full-page advertisement sponsored by the Friends of Truckee showing an Alternate Circulation Plan for the Railyard Project. As one of the consultants that worked on the Railyard Master Plan for the last five years, I feel it is important that readers understand all of the criteria that went into the development of the street and circulation plan approved by the Town Council. The design team of Planners, Landscape Architects, Building Architects, Civil Engineers and Traffic Engineers were tasked with seven primary goals: • provide Glenshire Residents with a route to downtown through the railyard to eliminate the need to make a left turn from Glenshire Drive on to Donner Pass Road; • ensure truck deliveries to the lumber yard were not impeded by intersection geometry and the private properties at the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Church Street were not affected; • create a block-structure similar to the existing downtown; • develop street standards (width, geometry, parking and bike lanes) that provide traffic calming and slower speeds but allow the use of full-size snow removal equipment and access for the largest vehicles including fire trucks. • reserve right-of-way widths… Read more »

All Aboard! – Almost

{ Moonshine Ink | July 16, 2009 }

Editors Note: Author Beth Ingalls served on the Town Council from 2002 to 2006 when the railyard project was discussed and was recently included in a list of former mayors supporting the project. The Truckee Town Council unanimously approved the Truckee Railyard Master Plan and certified its accompanying environmental impact report (EIR) on June 17. The decision paves the way for a mixed-use development which, when complete, will include a combination of housing, retail and office space, a boutique hotel, movie theater, civic center, parks and open space. With an overflow crowd at Town Hall, and almost universal support from those who spoke during the public comment portion of the evening, project developer Rick Holliday said the meeting was “an amazing personal experience.’ For Holliday, who in a recent phone interview reflected on his five year journey with the Railyard project as the primary owner, there have been a total of 107 Railyard meetings leading up to the June approval. While he’s extremely gratified by the outpouring of support and the 4-0 endorsement from the council, he’s frustrated with the threats of litigation from the “Friends of Truckee,’ a local group whose stated mission is “to protect the downtown core… Read more »

Truckee Railyard Gets a Redevelopment Boost

{ Sacramento Bee | January 25, 2009 }

TRUCKEE – Development of this city’s historic, long-vacant railyard has received a giant boost with the Town Council’s recent approval of a master plan and environmental impact report. Mostly abandoned since a lumber mill closed in the 1980s, the 75-acre property just east of Commercial Row could double the size of downtown once developed. “It will probably take longer because the economy’s in such turmoil, but it’s a great plan, and I anticipate it will be built out,” said Rick Holliday, the railyard’s main land owner. He projects construction on the first building, a hotel, could take up to two years to begin, while full build-out could be in “eight years on the fastest track and 15 on the longest.” Holliday, who owns Holliday Development in Emeryville, has worked with town staff during the last half of the decade the plan has been under way. It has garnered widespread, though not universal, public support – unusual for Truckee developments – with its emphasis on in-fill rather than sprawl. The plan includes a mix of retail, residential and office buildings on approximately two-thirds of the property, with pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle access. Although traffic, noise, water, air and other issues have… Read more »

Creating Truckee’s New Downtown

{ Tahoe Quarterly | June 1, 2006 }

Rick Holliday never planned on becoming a key player in Truckee’s future, but that’s where fate has led him. With his wife Nancy, Holliday is owner and soon-to-be developer of 37 acres adjacent to downtown Truckee: the Rail Yard. His plans for this industrial property amount to a doubling of Truckee’s historic downtown. Holliday, 52, is uniquely qualified for the task. His company, Holliday Development, specializes in redevelopment projects. He has turned old warehouses in San Francisco and Emeryville into desirable apartments, redeveloped the old Oakland rail yard into a neighborhood and converted Hamilton Airforce Base into a community. Prior to becoming a developer, Holliday worked as a town manager, community development director and for the Federal housing Agency and helped start two nonprofits specializing in affordable housing solutions. He recently received an award from the California League of Conservation Voters, one of only three developers to receive such recognition. He has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. How did you get involved in the Tahoe area and with the Truckee Rail Yard? The first time I came up here was in December of 1968 on a ski bus. The woman I… Read more »

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