The Truckee Artist Lofts are now 65% complete. The affordable housing, which is part of the greater Truckee Railyard development, is on target for a spring 2021 opening, project manager Jason Hansford, pictured below inside a now-insulated hallway, confirmed.

All of the factory-built modules, constructed at the Factory OS Mare Island site in Vallejo, are set in place and crews are diligently working to stitch the boxes together. The modules ship with the residential units completely finished, Hansford explained in an email, with toilets, sinks, towel racks, and appliances already installed.

On site, crews are currently applying insulation to the roof and exterior in order to weatherproof the building before the onset of winter. In the next several months, the exterior skin of the building will start taking its final form. Exterior work will likely continue into February, concurrent with work on the electrical, HVAC, water, fire suppression, and sewer systems within the common areas of the project.


Unlike the recently completed Coburn Crossing, which offers deed-restricted market rate housing for those who live and work in Truckee, the Truckee Artist Lofts offer 76 affordable-housing units. Those applying will have to earn a household income of 80% or less of Area Median Income (AMI) for Nevada County for their household size. (Full income qualification details can be found online at Anyone earning in excess of the 80% AMI for their household size will not qualify to live at TAL.

Truckee Artist Lofts also has a partnership with the Regional Housing Authority, with 19 available project-based vouchers. Persons with a household income of no more than 50% of the AMI level are eligible to apply for one of the vouchers.

The units are also restricted to artists as defined by the TAL definition: An artist is a person who promotes or creates visual art, literary art, new media art, or performing art, using imagination, skill, or talent to create works of aesthetic value. It is not necessary for the creation of art to be a source of income for the artist. It is, however, necessary that the person demonstrates a commitment to participating in art.

Further details about the Truckee Artist Lofts, including floor plans and information about the retail aspect of the project, can be found online at

Photos by Wade Snider/Moonshine Ink


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