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GV committee reviewing application for proposed industrial metal building

The Grass Valley Development Review Committee met Tuesday morning to air recommendations for local property owner Lee Thurston, who recently submitted a conceptual design application to construct a 36,000 square-foot industrial metal building on his 2.19-acre parcel in Nevada County’s Loma Rica Industrial Park.

The building, Thurston said, would be a manufacturing warehouse used by a South Sacramento company looking to move into the county, bringing anywhere from 40 to 50 jobs into the area.

“This company is committed,” Thurston told The Union. “It’s not a question of whether they want to or not, they’ve already committed. But something has to happen this year, that’s one of the requirements.”



The proposed building would be located at 12481 Charles Drive, and is within county lines. It falls into Grass Valley’s sphere of influence, giving the city’s Development Review Committee jurisdiction to provide the county with suggestions on the proposal’s design and general plan.

Final approval of the application, though, will be given by the county.




On Tuesday, committee members addressed concerns they had with the structure and design of the building.

“I always think it’s a good investment when you can make the building look as good as it can without breaking the bank,” committee member and local architect Tony Rosas said. “In my mind it’s too simple, it’s pretty basic… But it’s tough. I know we’re up against the dollar, and we understand that.”

Grass Valley senior civil engineer Trisha Tillotson recommended that Thurston develop a drainage and mitigation report, provide an oil-water separator for storm water run-off, alter the design’s curb gutter configuration, and make sure the facility’s septic tank connects to the proper sewer system.

“We would also recommend no parking within 20 feet of the driveway,” Tillotson said.

According to city documents, the project proposes one primary access point to the building on Charles Drive, and one emergency access on Park Court. The property will have 41 parking spaces located at the northeast corner of the lot.

Deputy Fire Marshall Jeff Wagner submitted fire safety recommendations to Community Development Director Tom Last, which stated the importance of identifying fire and flood safety requirements, providing on-site water supply, and a fully supervised fire alarm and sprinkler system.

Thurston previously owned and housed Furniture by Thurston, a furniture manufacturing company, in a warehouse on the same property before the business was sold to KLN Steel in 2007; in December 2014, Thurston Furniture announced it would move out of the area.

Thurston would not reveal the name of the company, but said they produce environmentally-based products sold out of the area.

“We’d like to have it all built and ready by the end of the year,” he said. “The company’s alternative would be to buy a building in Lincoln instead… So this offers us the kind of jobs that we don’t have a lot of around here. The company is growing quickly, and if we could get a piece of the action, I think it’s something worthwhile.”

Thurston said he will meet with county officials tomorrow, and with the Sacramento-based company on Friday to discuss the city and county’s recommendations.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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