Two years of imagining and planning for renewal after the Dixie fire will be front and center in Greenville on Saturday.
The Dixie Fire Collaborative (DFC) and its partners will be discussing and displaying ideas for downtown Greenville, part of the organization’s regular monthly held Aug. 19 at Greenville Elementary School at 11 a.m.
Among the community’s accomplishments are two cross-laminated timber (CLT) homes, which will be open to the public following a 1:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. Located next to Plumas Bank, the Greenville structures are among the first of their kind in California.
The two-hour DFC meeting will include presentations by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Frontier Communications and the Roundhouse Council. Sue Weber, DFC coordinator, will provide an update on HR 176, which would provide relief from federal taxes for Dixie fire victims receiving settlement payments.
Architectural students from California College for the Arts and other institutions will also host an open house showing their three-dimensional concepts for a variety of commercial buildings. The interns have been working in Indian Valley all summer, producing design ideas for downtown Greenville. Part of their focus has been on a town center, conceived as a multi-purpose building that could house a museum, thrift store, community kitchen and large meeting hall.
“The focus has been on how we look at public space and what private landowners could do to contribute to a beautiful downtown district,” said Tyler Pew, an architect with LMNOP Design Boutique who is coordinating the project.
The interns’ open house will be held at 127 Crescent St., Greenville, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. across from The Spot.
The CLT home ribbon-cutting will include presentations by Jessica Morse, Deputy Secretary for Forest and Wildland Resilience; Jeff Engle, Plumas County District Five Supervisor; and Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director at Sierra Institute.
CLT is known for its fire hardiness and structural robustness, which makes it ideal for a region that faces both wildfire and seismic activity, said Payton Narancic, Mass Timber Project Coordinator at Sierra Institute.
After the DFC meeting, lunch will be provided at The Spot by PG&E.