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Truckee gives input on future Sierra College campus

Renee Shadforth

TRUCKEE – From excavation of dirt to campus clubs, residents gave input Monday on what they want for a future community college campus here.

Area residents and Sierra College District officials gathered at Truckee Town Hall to try to shape the face of the future junior college campus, which will be built on top of McIver Hill.

“You have a unique opportunity to plan a college for the community,” Dave Ferrari, local representative on the Sierra College board, said to attendees. “While we can’t do everything in this phase, we can plan everything.”

College officials anticipate there will be three phases to the campus, spanning over at least 20 years. Funds from Measure H, a school facilities bond passed by nearly 70 percent of local voters in November 2004, will pay for the first phase of the campus.

Though voters were told that half of the 73-acre parcel would be dedicated to open space, the final deal between Sierra College officials and the Truckee Donner Land Trust split the land at 40 acres for the college and 33 for the land trust. However, not all of the 40 acres will likely be developed, college officials said.

John Eaton, president of the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, told the design consultants that he wants the new campus to fit in with Truckee – not mountain towns like Vail or Aspen.

Eaton said he also had concerns about access to the campus, which is limited by Union Pacific Railroad and Caltrans property. The access road has been tentatively set to connect to Highway 89 south, but college officials are still waiting for an environmental impact report to decide where the driveway will be built.

Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said he would like the campus to function as an extension of downtown Truckee.

“I would just emphasize the need to look at pedestrian and bike access, especially in the east,” Lashbrook told the consultants from Lionakis Beaumont.

College officials plan to start on-site utility work and construct parking and building pads between May and October 2006. Building construction in scheduled to begin May 2007.


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