Multi-use GV project proposed |

Multi-use GV project proposed

Preliminary plans for the 10-acre development include 36 townhouses, office and commercial buildings and two industrial buildings.
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New townhouses could be built on South Auburn Street near Whiting Street in Grass Valley, within walking distance of the city’s historical district.

Preliminary plans for the 10-acre development show 36 townhouses, office and commercial buildings; two industrial buildings and 4.7 acres of open space accessible to the public via boardwalks.

The developer is Steve Elder of Nevada City, who recently built 27 houses on La Barr Meadows Road.

About 2.7 of the 4.7 acres of open space are wetlands that could become part of a conservation easement, Nevada City-based architect Robert Walker said Wednesday.

The wetlands are protected under federal law. “You can look, but you can’t touch,” Walker said.

The 10 two-story office buildings and six commercial single-story buildings would total 28,887 square feet – the size of a medium-size retail store.

A two-bedroom apartment could occupy the second floor of each of the office buildings, Walker said. The apartments could either be rented or sold, he said.

Two industrial buildings encompassing 4,000 square feet could also be constructed at the site, plans show.

And as many as 20 townhouses could each be sold for a moderate $180,000, Walker said. The idea is to house people who live here – teachers, nurses and police officers, Walker said. “We’re not looking for new guys.”

Brian Bisnett, a landscape architect and environmental planner who drew the layout of the proposed development, said a deed restriction could ensure the townhouses remain affordable.

The city’s Design Review Committee, which reviews projects before they are evaluated by the Planning Commission, had a first look at the preliminary plans Tuesday.

Overall, this is a good project, architect and committee member Tony Rosas said at the meeting.

A formal application could be filed within a month, Bisnett said. Once the project is approved, construction could take 14 months, he and Walker said.

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