Construction revs up |

Construction revs up

A mild winter has made for a terrible ski season but has been great for area construction, with contractors and merchants putting up buildings all over Grass Valley and Nevada City.

“Pouring this much concrete in mid to late March is a gift,” said Mike Neufeld, project supervisor at the new BriarPatch Co-op Market going up on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. According to the co-op’s marketing manager, Stephanie Mandel-Austin, the opening target for the natural foods store is late May.

“We’re completing our paving today, and the weather has been great for us,” Jeff Pardini at Hills Flat Lumber said on Friday. The new facility on Railroad Avenue in Grass Valley – with more than 30,000 square feet of retail space in a 57,000-square-foot building – could open the first week in April, Pardini said.

“The place is 80-percent stocked with hardware already,” Pardini said.

Two other Grass Valley projects also are on the verge of opening, including the 57,000-square-foot Gold Miners Inn – Holiday Inn Express by the Golden Center Freeway.

“We’re hoping for somewhere around April 9,” said Nick Hayhurst of Hallmark Development. The 80-room hotel will have retail stores facing Bank Street and a 4,000-square-foot outdoor reception area.

Moule Paint and Glass on East Main Street in Grass Valley is nearly done, and the owners are hoping to open the 13,500-square-foot building on March 26.

DeMartini RV Sales on the hill next to the Hills Flat project has an Idaho-Maryland Road entrance and is slated for an August completion, Tim DeMartini said.

“We’ve poured the footings, and we’ll pour the slab (today),” DeMartini said. His 28,000-square-foot structure will have 8,000 square feet of showroom.

Other buildings going up, coming down

Excavation for another medical office building on Sierra College Drive started last week and is slated for an early 2008 opening, according to Jeff Johnson of development firm Pacific Land Enterprises. Doctors will be able to rent or buy suites in the 25,000-square-foot building, Johnson said.

Taco Bell in Grass Valley at Olympia Park and Brunswick roads was leveled last week to make way for a new 2,500-square-foot building with a bigger lobby and kitchen, said franchisee Gary Lyon.

“It’s a little larger than the last one and will probably reopen the first of July,” Lyon said. “It depends on the weather.”

A source told The Union on Friday that the 47,000-square-foot Safeway Lifestyles store on Sutton Way in Grass Valley is set for a grand opening on March 29 and 30. Shelves are in the store. Exterior work will be done afterward, the source said.

Safeway Inc. spokeswoman Jennifer Webber of the Pleanston headquarters did not return telephone calls to The Union on Friday.

In Nevada City, The 100 Union Street Building is going up where a Shell service station was, next to the Golden Center Freeway.

The Gold Rush-style building will have almost 14,000 square feet of retail shops downstairs, with offices and apartments upstairs, job foreman Chuck Pedigo said. He guessed it would open late this summer.

Over on Providence Mine Road, the 2Wire building in the Nevada City Tech Center that will house the communication company of the same name is almost done.

“It’s being painted, and they will move in in April some time,” said Lock Richards of Sperry Van Ness, which is marketing the center.

On the heels of that 29,000-square-foot building is another structure for the center. “We’re finalizing the drawings,” Richards said.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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