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Housing held up by long wall and traffic

Concerns about a 360-foot-long wall and traffic stopped the Grass Valley Planning Commission from approving a proposed 28-unit residential development Tuesday night.

“I would love to approve (the) plan tonight,” Commissioner Dale White said, pointing out the Berryhill Drive project would provide affordable housing and is within the existing city.

Developer Philip Zeiter proposed building Sierra Terrace, a collection of 28 two-story residences ranging from 800- to 1,260-square feet on a 2.3 acre lot behind the car wash and repair shop on East Main Street.



The development includes six duplexes, three fourplexes, and four condominiums, each with a single-car garage, arrayed along a drive that ends in a cul-de-sac with a gate to Harris Street.

White and fellow Commissioner Terry Lamphier were hung up on the effect the project would have on East Main Street traffic and the 6-foot high wall, proposed for the project’s east side to separate it from East Main Street businesses.




The commission agreed to meet with Zeiter and reconsider the project in two weeks.

In other business, the Planning Commission gave Big 1 Appliance permission to open before the Sutton Way/Brunswick Road intersection is improved.

Previously, the city said the new store couldn’t open until the intersection was expanded. The expansion planned at that time was an extra turn lane from eastbound Brunswick onto northbound Sutton, Planning Director Tom Last said.

Two left-turn lanes on Brunswick would affect access to the freeway, however, Caltrans said.

In response, traffic planners nixed that idea and developed an alternative that would add a separate left-turn lane from southbound Sutton Way onto eastbound Brunswick Road.

In theory, speeding up southbound traffic will shorten the signal’s cycles and allow all traffic to move faster, Last said.

The Sutton Way appliance store could open within a month and the turn lane could be added by September, officials said.


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