Residents to appeal Abdoo projects |

Residents to appeal Abdoo projects

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

A Markleeville, Calif., resident plans to appeal the proposed downtown projects by Carson Valley businessman Thomas Abdoo and will start the process Thursday.

Diedre Wallace will ask the Alpine County Board of Supervisors to waive the $100 fee to file an appeal to the approval of the project by the county’s Design Review Historic Committee.

Despite initial objections from one member and a petition against the project, the Alpine County Design Review Historic Committee approved the commercial building, one of several projects brought by Abdoo at the March 25 meeting.

The Alpine County Planning Commission held its first public hearing on the projects with a full house March 25.

Brian Peters, of the county’s planning department, said public comments were both negative and positive for the downtown Markleeville project at its meeting March 25. The project includes a three-story, 5,600-square foot building with 3,500 square feet of commercial space at the corner of Main and Montgomery streets.

“On the negative side, (comments) relate to the fact that Markleeville is a very small community and this project could potentially overwhelm that,” he said. “Positive comments included the opportunity to bring something (positive) economically.”

Wallace said a few citizens are circulating a petition against Abdoo’s projects.

“They didn’t look enough how it would fit in with the architecture,” she said. “They want to put in this box structure that has nothing to do with Markleeville.”

The proposed project includes demolition of the former Wild Wools building that Wallace rented and was forced to leave when Abdoo bought the property.

The Alpine County Board of Supervisors meeting starts at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at board chambers, 99 Water Street in Markleeville.

n Regina Purcell can be reached at or (775) 782-5121, ext. 211.