Cottage restoration and addition project is dead |

Cottage restoration and addition project is dead

The Nevada Street Cottages restoration and addition project died Tuesday night in council chambers at Nevada City, CA. Born in the 1930s as the Wild West Motel, this grouping of cottages around a courtyard under mature pines and cedars saw many uses over the years, and narrowly survived the passing of its mother, the Tahoe-Ukiah highway.

Suffering from various middle-age maladies such as small square rooms and flat ceilings, it was reconceived in January of 2002 as completely remodeled and individually owned cottages with common grounds. Two new cottages were proposed. The neighbors were all for it. The planning commission thought it was a good idea. Local citizens began inquiring.

And just as it was about to be reborn, the city fathers became afraid and agitated at the possibility of having individually owned homes in a Service Lodging zone (“any R-1 or R-2 use”) – whose inception dates all the way back to the early 1980s, and whose very existence would depend on that most heretical of modern devices, planned unit overlay – and decided that an abortion was the only remedy.

Without delay, a knife was plunged into the heart of the fetus and a great sigh of relief went up from the assembled variance vigilantes. Once again, the city fathers had saved the populace from new-age hanky panky.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Firehouse #2 porch restoration fund.

Bill Sheatsley

Nevada City

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