News 7-16-08 STAR Bond Guide

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Posted by: renophile - 7/16/2008 12:12:40 PM
This is a winner.

Posted by: bob - 7/17/2008 8:19:17 PM
Downtown Starbucks to close! bummer! Hopefully that mexican place across the street will be next!

Posted by: Mark W. - 7/18/2008 1:39:08 PM
bob, how exactly does losing tenants help that part of downtown? I'm no fan of Starbucks but they are (were?) the only tenant in an otherwise empty retail corner. I've made my opinions of the Palladio s developers known before, and I will simply reiterate that their apparent inability to approach marketing in a multifaceted way has really hurt the potential of that area of Reno. Losing more retail/commercial tenants in a multi-use district will discourage future projects from taking that tack if they are not required to do so. I hope that any tenant leaving that intersection gets replaced post haste!

Posted by: Mike Van H - 7/18/2008 7:13:55 PM
This is Mike, I run the site. For the record, I am not a fan of this Starbucks closing. While their business might have been slow, and there are certainly no lack of Starbucks haters out there, Jessica Jones on Channel 4 News tonight was right when she said it's critical that 'corner' of Sierra and First was important to be anchored with something. Now, every retail spot in the Palladio will be vacant, leaving a square block of emptiness where there SHOULD be retail. Perhaps now that more people live in the Palladio there won't be such a pause in the spaces renting out. What's my vision? Some kind of coffee shop where Starbucks currently is, an art gallery fronting the Sierra Street side, a homemade furniture gallery facing the riverfront, and for my friend Juan who complains there is not a good true teriyaki restaurant in Reno, we'll stick a teriyaki restaurant in the most eastern retail space. Oh and a boutique store in the tiny retail space on the 1st Street side.

Posted by: Brian - 7/19/2008 3:07:30 PM
Mike, Bravo on this report. It is well structured and very informative. I have no questions to ask, It seems you answered everything. Do you know if Callison might partner with another architect? I love the layout of this project. In the conceptual drawings it appears to shows them closing off motor traffic and making it all pedestrian. I believe that would be the best way to approach this project. I am excited!!!


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