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Topic: Rockbar Headed to Virginian?
Posted by: JG - 2/4/2016 11:45:59 AM
Interesting. How much progress have they made on refurbishing this building? Especially if they say they're opening this month. Moving to the Knitting Factory makes more sense.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: David - 2/4/2016 7:07:39 AM
I believe the best solution would be to move them to Evans Park on Lake Street opposing the other Victorians. Then if they ever build the pedestrian overpass on Lake Street they have planned it would be a very impressive entrance. Particularly if Italian Capital sells or cleans up their beautiful row of Victorians on Lake. I'm torn because I love the mixed used plan, and it is absolutely needed for the university. But those truly are some of the best homes still standing in Reno. If you moved them to Lake Street it would have the same affect, but would still have the grand, walkable entrance.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: Jason - 2/3/2016 5:40:07 PM
I agree with prior post....why not move them.....it certainly has been done here and elsewhere.....we should preserve history, but the historical homes are in the path of the University's engagement in transforming downtown.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: Patrick - 2/3/2016 5:01:10 PM
As a property owner in the new University District south of I-80, I just read through the entire staff report. There is verbiage in regards to preservation of historical interests, but more front and center is the continuity of architectural facades that promote the brick visage of the campus. I would encourage anyone going to the meeting tonight to make historical preservation a higher priority and to get involved in general. The comments from the NAB meetings and previous rezoning meeting were pathetic for what is an under appreciated neighborhood of our city.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: Bungalow Hugger - 2/3/2016 12:04:20 PM
Ken, it is a terrible misconception that relocating historic properties is an acceptable form of preservation. Context is everything, and the context of these homes is that they have a connection to UNR. Preserved in their original locations, these homes already have a "gateway" presence to the campus. Development and preservation CAN occur side by side. It's not necessarily a choice between one or the other. There's plenty of room for almost everything the University and City want here, while simultaneously preserving this grouping of very unique homes. Relocating one or two might be necessary but the majority should not be moved.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: Jay Kolbet-Clausell - 2/3/2016 12:04:03 PM
Please consider submitting a public comment in favor of preserving the Victorian Homes south of the university. (***Link at the bottom) The Planning Commission is hearing the item tonight Feb 3 - Agenda Item 7.3 ***You can submit public comment here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eEpdAHtoOaTWCwikmiKygeqXiliROS_-UdYzzhgZm3o/viewform

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: DowntownMakeoverDude - 2/3/2016 11:14:30 AM
Ken, the University already owns most of these homes, and there's no way in heck they would let them go at this point.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: Jay Kolbet-Clausell - 2/3/2016 11:08:54 AM
Thank you for the post. I agree and think you have the correct solution. The University can build up at other properties. In addition, I am more open to moving the homes if an appropriate, visible, and connected site was chosen.

Topic: Preserving History: The Correct Way to Build Out UNR's Gateway District
Posted by: Ken Griffin - 2/3/2016 11:08:00 AM
Why not offer them for sale at ridiculously low prices under the condition that they not be torn down but moved to some other lot. Even the places on the Historical Register can be moved and not violate the Historical Significance.

Topic: Sneak Peek: Renaissance Reveals Room Renderings
Posted by: Uncle Tom - 2/1/2016 9:07:58 AM
Those room images look very nice. Maybe when you meet with their representative, you might have an opportunity to ask if their plans include updating any plumbing, ducting and HVAC components which might benefit from renovation. Sometimes in my experience, redeveloped lodging properties will have focused almost exclusively on room appearance: new paint, new carpeting, wall treatments and big screen televisions. In some cases, the hard tasks that cost the most sometimes don't get attention. It takes more than sparkling clean, modern-looking rooms to generate positive guest experiences and return visits. Drains need to drain; hot water pressure needs to be checked; and heated and cooled air needs to flow reliably into each room. In some older buildings, those are things which can involve very expensive fixes inside of walls and between floors. Not to say that any such issues exist in this building, just that they are important aspects of a major remodel to investigate--as much so in my opinion as room appearance. Maybe this developer, which is a prominent brand name, has already investigated any such needs, along with room appearance, I assume that would be the case. It is a very good-looking building, and the location is great. I first stayed there back in the days when Newt Crumley had strolling violinists in the casino. The old Holiday Hotel at that time was a great lodging place.

Topic: Sneak Peek: Renaissance Reveals Room Renderings
Posted by: David - 1/31/2016 9:57:19 AM
Are they going to keep the same exterior facade? I wonder what they'll do with the first floor without a casino? Also, I wonder if they had anything to do with painting the Lakemill lodge? Lipstick on a pig, but it's an improvement.

Topic: Tactical Urbanism - Tackling the CitiCenter Property Downtown
Posted by: T. Ross - 1/29/2016 10:06:54 PM
I love the idea of a rotating sculpture garden or bringing back food trucks to the space, I just hope that whatever they do, they'll do all they can to save those beautiful mature trees. Not very often do you see such healthy and strong trees in a downtown area. I'm still holding out for the city to shut down personal vehicle traffic on Virginia St from 4th to 2nd and making it a permanent green pedestrian area with a bike road. It would really make attending all the festivals they close Virgina off for in the summer much more enjoyable and cooler. If they ever did something like that, I'm sure this little piece of property could really add an interesting space to the festivals and such.

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: Nick - 1/28/2016 8:58:33 PM
There should be an IKEA built in the old Park Lane Mall lot! its certainly big enough, and would have a nice centralized location. Reno is definitely big enough to support this. I also read a great article about a shopping center in Lakewood, CO. I lived in that area for three years, and it included an upscale shopping area (not a mall though). Stores such as Best Buy, Wholefood etc., and there were nice upscale apartments built around it. This same lot was the equivalent to the currently Park Lane lot, so this could be a nice idea too.

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: JG - 1/27/2016 8:53:45 AM
I've always thought the Park Lane lot would be a perfect location for an ice rink

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: Lori S - 1/26/2016 11:39:16 AM
What happened with the Park Lane location on Virginia and Plumb? I had read about this huge shopping center, and that fizzled too. Any word on the future of that location?

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: geopower - 1/26/2016 7:45:05 AM
Got a story for Keystone Investment Holdings, LLC, the revoked corporation that still holds nearly a full city block? A sad, empty, bulldozed city block that used to contain businesses and homes, which were torn down in anticipation of some giant casino or other.

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: JG - 1/25/2016 2:01:32 PM
This was a fascinating read. Moved here in 2009 and had no idea about any of these things. However, I'm glad I finally figured out what the empty lot with the lamp posts and driveways, by the Auto Museum, was supposed to be.

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: David - 1/25/2016 9:11:56 AM
What is the reason Walter? Portland, Seattle, SF are all much larger and being driven by tech money and foreign investment. You simply can't compare Reno to metro areas that are much larger. None of these projects were completed, but there is a huge list of projects that were completed. Every city in the US probably has a similar list of projects that never came to fruition after the downturn. IMO, the future of Reno has never looked brighter. A lot of good things are happening, but they take time.

Topic: The Projects That Never Were
Posted by: Walter H - 1/24/2016 9:18:31 PM
What strikes me is not that all of these projects were not started but that none of them were. You would think the Virgina Street updates would be a no brainer. Recent trips for me to SF, Portland, Boise, and SLC reveal a tremendous amount of new development, I've never seen so many high rise construction cranes in most of those cities in many years. Why not here? I think we all know the reason.

Topic: New Japanese Restaurant Coming to Midtown
Posted by: Mike L - 1/22/2016 5:17:24 PM
Grilled bits on skewers are a bar staple in Japan. Wonder if they'll go all in with hearts, liver and kidneys? Out before the all you can eat sushi supporters start complaining....

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