Nevada City Planning Commission OKs Powell House renovations |

Nevada City Planning Commission OKs Powell House renovations

Michelle Rindels
Staff Writer

A project to convert the historic Powell House in Nevada City to apartments and commercial space will move forward.

The Nevada City Planning Commission late Thursday approved a project to complete renovation of the two-story structure built in 1855 at the corner of Spring and South Pine streets.

New owner Brad Croul and architect Jeff Gold plan commercial or retail space on the first floor and five apartments for the second floor, preserving historic elements including stained-glass windows. They also presented lighting and landscaping plans to commissioners.

Commissioners also approved Croul’s request to make in-lieu parking payments. Because downtown is short on parking spaces, business owners who cannot provide enough on-site parking to accommodate potential customers can apply to pay in-lieu parking fees for their project.

Seven parking spaces are available on the property, and Croul will pay for 12 additional spaces through in-lieu fees.

If approved, the fees are deposited into a special city fund to pay for future parking projects, City Planner Cindy Siegfried said.

Previous owner Andrea Kitay had started renovations to the building, originally a Baptist church, to convert it to a 10-room boutique hotel. Famous Gold Rush singer Emma Nevada got her start singing as a child during worship services there.

In related business, a Planning Commission meeting set for Nov. 5 has been canceled due to lack of agenda items. The next commission meeting is set for Nov. 19.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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