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Nevada City's Sierra Commons moving to Seven Hills

Sierra Commons, a Nevada City nonprofit organization that helps foster local businesses, is moving across town into the Seven Hills Business District.

With a Jan. 10 move-in date planned, Sierra Commons will settle into a two-story structure on the southern end of Seven Hills, located at 792 Searls Ave., just before the Gold Flat Road exit and entrance to Highway 49.

“It’s a beautiful two-story house with parking and wheelchair accessibility,” said Robert Trent, Sierra Common’s executive director.

The nonprofit has been leasing space at the Old Stonehouse Brewery, located on the east side of Highway 49 on the cusp of the downtown historic district, for the last two years.

At around 2,000 square feet, both spaces are comparable in size and lease prices, Trent said, but declined to disclose actual amounts.

In September, Sierra Commons executives appeared before the Nevada City Council about leasing the Veterans Building, but they were met with a slew of concerns from organizations that make use of the facility and were asked a litany of concessions about its operation.

With the new building, Sierra Commons has no tenants in the same building.

“We’re planning some new things for the new year,” Trent said. “One of the things we are going to be pushing for next year is to connect to the global conversation. We’re going to look at social entrepreneurship and technology, at creating a forum for people here to learn about and discuss what is being successful outside our area.”

Sierra Commons has approximately 20 business members — in varying levels of participation. Some make use of its facilities, such as computers and meeting rooms, on a daily basis, some less frequently.

Trent said there is room for more small businesses to take advantage of Sierra Commons’ services.

“I think the move is going to be good for us,” Trent said.

Sierra Commons is the most recent organization settle in to Seven Hills. In the last year, Jernigans Tap House & Grill and ol’ Republic Brewery joined mainstays such as SPD Market and Riebes Auto Parts.

“There has a been a renaissance there,” Trent said. “We’re looking forward to getting to know our neighbors there.”

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To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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