Planning Commission OKs design of rebuild |

Planning Commission OKs design of rebuild

The Nevada City Planning Commission on Thursday approved a design for a building at the corner of North Pine and Commercial streets.

The building will replace the old Elks Building destroyed in a fire March 20.

“This is a wonderful proposal,” Vice Chairman Harry Stewart said before the 4-0 vote. Commissioner Victor Prussack did not attend the meeting.

The 18,500-square-foot building will be brick. The city has yet to approve exterior colors, lighting, signs, awnings and other details.

The vote means the project can move forward, said Bruce Boyd, the architect in charge of it.

The building will meet all construction and safety standards, but will look like an old restored building, Boyd said.

“Basically, we have to work from scratch,” he said.

Boyd presented the plans with City Councilman Conley Weaver, an architect and the city’s liaison on the building, and Bill Falconi, the city engineer.

The design of the building is based on old photographs, Falconi said.

Boyd said modern bricks will be used to build the walls, which will have softened edges to make them look old. He will use two types of bricks: Tumbled Tudor and Newcastle. Tumbled Tudor bricks are more irregularly shaped and look older than the Newcastles, he said.

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and Bar, The Herb Shop, Herb Shop Records and Herb Shop Deli occupied the first floor of the old building; the county’s Probation Department and Victim/Witness Program was on the second floor. Off Broadstreet theater was on Commercial Street.

Gary Tintle, one of the property owners, estimated construction costs at $2.7 million.

Construction of the building could begin this summer, Boyd said this week.

Herb Shop Records owner Lovie Bucknell said she is reopening her store May 1 at 1151/2 Pine St. The commission approved a sign for her new store.

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