Being pushed through Reno Planning and City Council is a request for an alley abandonment for Pueblo Avenue surrounding the redevelopment project for Heritage Bank. This will allow for at least one drive-thru, possibly two, for this project, in a district designated as pedestrian-oriented development.
ReReno has a write up on the project. The usually-vocal Midtown peeps either don't know about these plans, or don't care, or suddenly reversed their desire to not have any drive-thrus in this corridor, as mandated by the Midtown Neighborhood Plan drafted by Midtown businesses and residents, because I haven't heard much in the form of opposition. Overall I am a fan of this particular redevelopment project because the Heritage Bank building sorely needs a facelift.
A rendering of the project is below.
What are your thoughts? Midtown, which technically starts at Liberty as the northern border, is already getting one drive-thru with the construction of the Starbucks at the U.S. Bank Building on the corner of Virginia and Liberty, and now one, possibly two more with the Heritage Bank project.
It will be an interesting City Council discussion today, and hopefully the underlying use for the alley abandonment is discussed for the Heritage Bank building on the 1400 block of South Virginia in Midtown.
What are your thoughts? Is one drive-thru that big of a deal? Does it set a dangerous precedent of 'Well this developer did it, so I should be able to as well?' Or does the developer have a valid argument that the drive-thru(s) should be grandfathered in because one of them was among the oldest drive-thrus in Reno, even if it's being re-purposed for food/drink?
For me personally, I don't drive in Midtown so a drive-thru won't be very relevant to me, so I don't have an opinion about it either way, other than it seems silly to build something that doesn't conform to the Midtown District Neighborhood Plan...however neither are used-car lots, and I was thankful when a used-car lot replaced Norm's Auto on the corner of Holcomb and Virginia, rather than the liquor store that was VERY close to being built in that space.