On April 28, 2020, the Truckee Town Council approved Resolution 2020-18 accepting $2,310,000 in Proposition 1 grant funds from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife for the restoration of Trout Creek and committing $1,540,000 in Town matching funds from the Church Street Extension project (CIP C1804) budget. The restoration of Trout Creek was the last hurdle necessary for the Town to complete the extension of Church Street through the Industrial Heritage and Trout Creek Districts of the Truckee Railyard. Most of the engineering work is complete for the Roundabout and creek crossing. Project is expected to be “shovel ready” in summer of 2021.
In 2018 and 2019, Truckee Development Associates, Industrial Railways Company, Q & D Construction and the Town of Truckee worked in collaboration with Union Pacific Railroad to permit 3 at-grade crossings of the Balloon Track. This was a significant milestone for the Railyard to allow for development within the Balloon and for the ultimate connection of Church Street to Glenshire Drive. All infrastructure is in place for vertical development within the Balloon and we are hopeful to see development within the south balloon starting in the summer of 2020.
CFY Development Company successfully close on financing for the Truckee Artist Lofts (TAL). TAL will consist of a mixture of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom affordable workforce housing. Project consist of 77-unit ranging in affordability of 40 to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). Plan are approved and the first foundations were poured on October 29th. TAL will incorporate modular units provided by Factory OS. Modules arrived directly from Factory OS and setting began July 18, 2020. Truckee Development is extremely excited to see modular construction incorporated into the Railyard due to it cost savings, time savings and overall improved quality of construction. CFY Development Company expects to have a certificate of occupancy for the building in April 2021. More information regarding the units and availability is available at https://www.truckeeartistlofts.com/
In October of 2018, Truckee Development Associates in collaboration with Q & D Construction completed the roads and infrastructure necessary to complete the connection of the Truckee Railyard with the existing downtown. This work included the removal of all overhead utility lines, installation of underground utilities, sidewalks, landscaping and roadways. With the removal of the high-speed swoosh, traffic is required to slow down at controlled intersections allowing for safe and effective pedestrian and bicycle traffic along Donner Pass Road and Truckee Way. With the completion of infrastructure west of the Balloon Track, vertical development is now possible.
In collaboration with Union Pacific, Town of Truckee, Jim Dobbas Inc. and Truckee Donner Railroad Society, Truckee Development Associates provided a permanent home for two historic pieces of rolling stock as part the future Truckee Railyard project. The Rotary Blower and Steam Crane will become part of a display piece owned and operated by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society. With the relocation of the rolling stock and decommissioning of the old Union Pacific maintenance building, all efforts are now focused on installation of infrastructure within future Phase 1 roadways. The 2-hour free and overnight parking located next to the Beacon station has been relocated to a temporary lot to the north to allow for the construction of parking and the extension of Donner Pass Road into the Railyard. In the coming weeks, you will see the realignment of future roadways coming into shape. Construction on the new round about at the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Church Street will begin in July. Please bear with our temporary traffic impacts and know that we are working to have all roadway improvements completed by the end of summer.
You may have noticed a new building down near the Legacy bridge on the Truckee Railyard project. This is an 11,000 square foot Union Pacific maintenance and operation building that was required to replace the older yellow building now being prepared to be dismantled. In fact, 100% of the Union Pacific required improvements have been accomplished, including the new UP building, relocation of the balloon track and construction of new storage tracks east of the balloon. This project is ON TRACK and moving forward!
Last January on the way home from Truckee I was thinking about Ali and pulled off the highway in Sacramento to check in on him. Ali suggested that we grab a bite of dinner and chat a bit. His physical appearance had changed but his spirit and exuberance for the Railyard Artist Project was as strong as ever. He was so excited about the results of the Truckee artist survey that he had compiled and was continuing to make this housing a reality. I left Sacramento that night feeling that he just might win this battle but alas he was taken in early March. THIS PROJECT WILL GO FORWARD. We will all have to work a little harder and strive for the quality that Ali would have brought but the commitment from CFY and Holliday Development is there.