The Mod 2 - Downtown Midrise Residential Goes Vertical

by Mike Van Houten / Jun 1, 2021

The Mod 2, which I reported the permit being submitted here, has now gone vertical. Check out the pics below.

The five-story 69-unit midrise residential will be the big brother of the Mod, a converted motel-to-apartment project completed a couple years back loctaed on the corner of Stevenson and 1st Street. 

The Mod 2 residential project, located at 344 2nd Street, is part of a larger vision and concept of a group of residential projects flanking both sides of Stevenson Street. 

At a public hearing, which you can watch here, two developers had asked for Stevenson Street to be abandoned between 1st and 2nd Street, but the council wasn't too keen on immediately granting it, instead suggesting a development agreement be formed first. They aren't very excited about the lack of street-level activation, or that the street level of the Mod 2 was mostly an open parking garage and didn't do much to activate the streetscape (i.e. ground-level retail or commercial).

I haven't heard much about that aspect of the proejct since that meeting, so perhaps City of Reno staff is still working with the developer on it. 

In that hearing, the developer of the Mod 2 mentioned that the abandonment of Stevenson Street, or denial of the abandonment, doesn't affect his portion of the project (the west side of Stevenson Street where the Greyhound Bus Station formally was, is being developed by a separate developer.) 

So, it looks that remains to be true since the Mod 2 has now gone vertical. Check out the gallery below. 



The Mod 2 Goes Vert

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  • June 1, 2021 - 12:21:33 PM

    So it sounds like development still pencils without public street abandonments. Who knew?