Planners to review retail, office space project tonight |

Planners to review retail, office space project tonight

Plans for a retail and office space project on an empty downtown corner lot could pass a key step if the Grass Valley Planning Commission gives the proposal a thumbs up tonight.

LaVonne Mullin of WCS Properties, LLC proposes retail on the ground floor and office space on the second floor of a two-story, 3,194-square-foot commercial building. There would be no setbacks for the proposed 160 East Main St. development, which would rest on a 7,400-square foot property within the city’s redevelopment district.

The City Council, which also sits as the city’s Redevelopment Agency, subsequently needs to approve the development before Mullin can move ahead. If ultimately approved, construction at the corner of East Main and Richardson streets could start by late summer or early fall, according to project architect Brent Daggett, with Daggett Designs.

‘This is a prime project because it will be a gateway to the downtown,” said Eleanor Kenitzer, planning commission chairwoman.

“I really like this project,” Kenitzer said.

“She has worked really close with the (Development Review Committee) to meet all the standards the city has asked,” she added, referring to Mullin.

Daggett’s plans show a mixture of Gold Rush styles, evoking the flavor of an 1880s’ street.

Specifically, the proposed building would include a brick body, iron shutters along the front, and a steel balcony, according to a city staff report from Associate Planner

Dan Chance.

WCS owns several prime retail locations in Nevada City, including stores on Broad and Commercial streets.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 125 East Main St.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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