Grass Valley council to vote on DeMartini design |

Grass Valley council to vote on DeMartini design

What is Grass Valley’s architectural character, and how developers can fit in with that will be discussed at the Grass Valley City Council meeting Tuesday, when the design of a large new development is up for a vote.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

DeMartini RV Sales on East Main Street is one of the city’s biggest generators of sales taxes. The DeMartini family is planning to move its operation to a 12-acre property on Idaho-Maryland Road.

The city’s General plan says the architecture of new developments should reflect Grass Valley’s history. Owners Timothy and Margie DeMartini have been going through the design review process with the city since spring of 2004. They revised their design three times to meet concerns of the city’s Planning Commission, which approved the current design on a 4-1 vote in January.

However, one City Council member continues to voice concern that even the new design is a knock-off of big-box architecture that can be seen anywhere in suburban California.

Councilman Dean Williams has brought in photographs of The Home Depot, Chuck E. Cheese, Cost Plus World Market and REI camping equipment to show the similarity of design.

Williams also said he is concerned about whether there are enough trees planned to screen the view of acres of recreational vehicles that will be parked on the site.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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