The Grass Valley Planning Commission approved the Dorsey Marketplace mall, as expected: A mix of a 172-unit apartment complex with 104,350 square feet of commercial and retail space on the 28.6 acre site near the southeast corner of Dorsey Drive and the northbound Highway 49 off-ramp, as The Union reports.
Whether the big-box shopping cannibalizes downtown shopping remains an open question. (In the lastest warning sign, Pine Street Burger is consolidating to one location “because the population in Nevada County is not quite enough to operate both locations.”)
But wait, there’s more:
“(Commissioner Terry) McAteer also recommended adding an elevator to the proposed three-story housing complexes, but that motion was not supported by a majority of the council. ‘I think you made a terrible decision in not putting elevators in this project,’ McAteer said. ‘Americans aren’t used to walking up three stories.’
Good point. We are an aging and declining demographic, not a town of millennials and boomers. Imagine a retiree lugging his/her groceries up three flights of stairs. I guess it’s now up to the ERC to reel in those youngsters. Dream on.