Reno Gazette Journal
In the fall, developers put their heads down and start building. So while the exciting announcements dwindle, the permits and construction vehicles get to work. Many of those projects, like Park Lane, ongoing demolitions on Fourth Street and new apartments, are worth tracking on the off-season.
According to the city of Reno’s permit list, a lot of movement is happening if it’s not immediately obvious. Here’s a list of some of the biggest projects underway or just finishing up.
Park Lane project moving along
Over the past few months, Park Lane, the 47-acre project on Plumb Lane and Virginia Streets, has been working its way toward becoming a mixed-use retail and apartment community.
In the spring, while project CEO Chip Bowlby partnered with a housing developer, construction teams finished reconfiguring the major sewer artery that would run underneath the project. During the summer, construction teams continued to rip up the multiple acres of asphalt parking lot left behind by Park Lane Mall. On the outside, that looked like toy trucks making piles of dirt, but a closer inspection shows actual tons of concrete disappearing from the land.
The most recent permit filed with the city of Reno this month spells out construction for the first five-story parking garage. The Park Lane project plans for a series of parking garages with apartments and retail wrapped around them so they don’t become eyesores.
Also this summer, Syufy Enterprises, the owners of Park Lane Theater, filed a permit for “renovation of all auditoriums and mezzanine to replace interior finishes, replace box office, add storage room, some concrete flooring and steps, projector windows, built up floor risers, and raising ceilings,” according to the permit.
Park Lane developers also submitted plans for mini storage to the city. They are proposing a three-story, 24-hour operating warehouse with RV and stuff storage on an errant parcel behind the Park Lane Theater. This project will need planning department approval before moving forward
Sands Casino gearing up for remodel — and new name?
The Sands Regency Casino and Hotel, now owned by Colorado-based Jacobs Entertainment, has started filing renovation permits.
In early September, a remodel permit for a “Fountain Buffet” was filed with the city of Reno. When Jacobs Entertainment took over the property, several trademarks were filed for “Fountain Hotel Casino” and other similar names. CEO Jeff Jacobs said he might try to name the area around the Sands Casino on Fourth Street, the Fountain District.
Repairs to the parking garage and remodels to rooms and offices on the 15th and 17th floor could indicate coming upgrades for the property. When the Renaissance Hotel replaced the Siena Hotel, sample rooms were made before the new company approved a full remodel. Other casinos in Reno have also remodeled all their rooms, leaving Sands behind.
Behind the Sands, an old motel, used for storage, is being demolished near the pool. Jacobs had previously said he wants to improve the outdoor pool area though he’s not a fan of the summer pool parties.
Fourth Street changes continue
As part of Jacobs Entertainment’s 32-acre takeover of Fourth Street, many motels and vacant retail stores have been demolished.
The next demolition on the city permits list is the Quick Mart Discount Liquor gas station on the corner of Fourth and Ralston streets.
Jacobs Entertainment also bought the Crest Inn motel behind that gas station and filed a permit to remodel it. The permit calls for new windows, lighting, plumbing, paint and flooring, but no changes to the motel’s structure.
After demolishing many motels and houses, Jacobs Entertainment also trademarked several phrases, including “Reno Glow District,” “Reno’s Neon Garden,” and other similar names. Some say this could be related to the neon signs the company collected from the motels it demolished
Student housing update
Two large student housing projects moved forward with demolition and dirt-moving permits this month.
Park7, the student housing developers that planned the largest private student housing project in Reno, started flattening earth across from Mackay Stadium on North Virginia Street. This 3.5-acre project plans for a five-story, amenity-filled apartment with 762 beds. The company had to buy and demolish University Inn motel, Wolf Stop gas station and two apartments on Sierra Street before it began.
Canyon Flats, another student housing project, filed permits to demolish everything in a downtown block except the Travel Lodge and Showboat Inn. The student housing project announced plans in Aug. 2017 to build a six-story L-shaped apartment for students across from the Circus Circus casino on Sixth and Virginia streets. The L-shape wraps around the combined Travel Lodge and Showboat Inn.
New urban living
A three-story 14-unit project is planned on Ridge Street between Granite Street Eatery and Washoe Public House by the same people who rebuilt the Center & Pine apartments out of the Center Street Motel. A demolition for the small, older houses on Ridge Street block has been filed with the city.
Riverside Park Apartments is a three-building project with 40 units of one bedroom and studio apartments, according to permits filed with the city. The project is along the Truckee River at Wells Avenue and Kuenzli Street near the Reno Police Station. Craigslist ads from the company put the 689-square-foot units at $1,300 per month.
Another renovation project called Loft 205 completed in downtown near the Washoe County Courthouse at 205 S. Sierra St. The former Executive Inn with parking garage on Sierra and Court streets was converted into 60 one bedroom and studio apartments ranging from 365 to 981 square feet starting at $990 per month, according to a Craigslist ad.
Finally, six large houses were built in the center of Midtown on Martin and Haskell streets in place of fewer, older houses. The six houses are about 1,600 square feet and for sale for up to $635,000. They are all 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms with two-car garages.
Source: Reno Gazette Journal
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