Another try for Indian project
Chapa-De Indian Health of Auburn today will try once again to get the green light to build medical offices at the corner of Sierra College Drive and East Main Street in Grass Valley.
The Grass Valley Planning Commission, which first reviewed the project in August, voted to reopen a public hearing Sept. 17 after people said they wanted to continue discussion of the project.
Chapa-De, a nonprofit organization, wants to construct a 42,336-square-foot building on 12.1 acres.
Steve Enos, a city councilman and former county planner, said the traffic study done for the project is flawed. Road improvements need to be made before more large developments are built to add to the existing gridlock at the intersection, he said Monday.
“Everybody knows how bad that intersection is,” he said.
In a letter to the Planning Commission Oct .1, Chapa-De attorney Marcus Lo Duca of Roseville wrote that the traffic study for the project complies with the city’s traffic criteria.
“We believe that Chapa-De has gone far above and beyond what is required of other applicants in order to satisfy all of the concerns of the commission,” Lo Duca wrote.
Critics have also said they are concerned a casino could open at the site.
But Grass Valley City Attorney Claude Biddle wrote in a memorandum to the city manager that it is not likely Chapa-De will develop a portion of the property into a casino without city oversight.
Chapa-De is not a recognized tribe under federal law, he said, and the property is not likely to be converted into an Indian reservation.
Chapa-De operates in Placer, Nevada, Sierra and Yolo counties under the Rumsey Indian Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe based in Yolo County. Its Grass Valley offices opened on Presley Way in 1998.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Grass Valley Planning Commission
WHEN: 7 p.m. today
WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.
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