Two major Nevada City downtown renovation projects figure to enhance the economic vitality of an area fraught with shuttered storefronts in recent years.
Gary Tintle, who owns the Alpha building that fronts Broad Street and the annex building on the Commercial Street side, is scheduled to begin performing an overhaul of the downtown corridor in late September.
“It is all one property, so we are going to address the whole package,” Tintle said. “It needs complete renovation.”
A bakery and microbrewery run by Shana Maziarz, former producer of the South Yuba River Citizens League annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, is slated to occupy the annex on the Commercial Street side.
Concurrently, Nevada County, which cemented a purchase for the former Bank of America building earlier this year, has begun work on transforming the space into offices that will house the Nevada County District Attorney staff.
Tintle said the potential of a refurbished Alpha building has continued to draw interest from area business owners as he has lined up about 11 prospective tenants, all of whom will await the completion of the renovation project before signing the dotted line.
“It’s gonna be big and it’s gotta happen,” Tintle said. “The brewery is a good first step, and we’ll just keep on going.”
Maziarz said the restaurant will be called Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, named after the three forks of the Yuba River with a play on kitchen utensils (salad, entree and dessert).
“I had the idea for opening a bakery in downtown Nevada City when I was 16, when I first moved here,” Maziarz said. “It’s always been by my someday plan, and it’s time.”
While the restaurant will function as a bakery in the morning, replete with coffee, loose-leaf teas and espresso drinks, it will transform into a lunch and evening restaurant with wood-fired pizza and a seven-barrel microbrewery on site.
“Just to give you some context, it is about the same size as Old Republic,” Maziarz said, adding the brewery portion will not bottle beer initially.
Tintle will close off the parking lot at the intersection of Commercial and Union streets on Sept. 23 and will begin a demolition on Sept. 28.
“We’ll be doing some interior demolition and a rebuild on the inside,” he said. “We’ll also redo the exterior appearance with a brick veneer. It’s going to look pretty nice.”
Meanwhile, the county is poised to award nine different contracts for construction of improvements to the old Bank of America building during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
The cost of the improvement project is estimated at $750,000, according to Steve Monaghan, Nevada County chief information officer.
“It’s one big open space, right, so we’re closing in the open foyer and putting in some partitions and some offices,” Monaghan said.
Local contractors are estimated to receive about $400,000 of the money dedicated to the project, according to a weekly memo distributed by County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.
“We hope to be in there by the end of the year,” Monaghan said.
Mazraiz said she is hopeful her operation will be up and running by next spring.
She further expressed excitement about restoring vitality to an area of downtown hard hit by the recent recession. “I think it will be domino effect,” she said. “Once we open it’s going to really spur the development of the rest of that space.”
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