This plan is a winner for Nevada City |

This plan is a winner for Nevada City

No matter if you are a homeowner looking to simply change out a window in your house or a group of people trying to create a unique cohousing development, a trip to the Nevada City Planning Commission is anticipated with about as much glee as a root canal without laughing gas.

So it’s probably with a little trepidation that Gary Tintle, Bruce Boyd and Robinson Enterprises head to the commission Wednesday to present their exciting plan for the city. Their proposal would see the demolition of a currently vacant, 36-year-old gas station on Union Street and the creation of a 15,000-square-foot, two-story building with commercial and residential space and a small underground parking garage.

In one fell swoop, the city could solve the blight of a vacant gas station, add needed housing and create parking. That doesn’t even include the tax revenue that would be generated by more retail space.

We understand that the planning commission is one of the guardians of Nevada City’s unique heritage. But unless you are a masochist, you don’t want to keep returning to the dentist’s chair every week for months on end to keep having teeth pulled (remember the cohousing project).

As things stand right now, the vacant gas station is the first thing a visitor sees upon entering town – a cracked and yellowing front tooth in Nevada City’s charming grin. Tintle and company, including an architect with a proven record in town, want to quickly yank that out and replace it with a historically sensitive building that we believe will fit in and enhance the city’s friendly smile.

Yes, the planning commission should hold the applicants to the high standards of the town’s historical district, which has been in place since 1968. But it shouldn’t make the process as painful as pulling teeth.

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