StoneGate Developers Rescind $50,000 Donation for City Tiny Homes Project

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A proposed location for the new overflow homeless shelter, and new tiny homes, is at 250 Sage Street.
A proposed location for a new overflow homeless shelter, and tiny homes, is at 250 Sage Street.

Developers of the North Valleys development, StoneGate, have rescinded their offer to donate $50,000 toward building tiny homes as transitional housing for Reno’s homeless.

Coucilwoman Neoma Jardon
Councilwoman Neoma Jardon

“To avoid becoming an unnecessary distraction to the Reno City Council and out of an abundance of caution, my partners and I have decided to re-direct our pledge to the tiny homes initiative to other worthy philanthropic projects aimed at solving the growing homelessness and housing shortage challenges in the City of Reno,” developer Don Pattalock wrote yesterday to Reno City Council members.

The developers said that they are working with Volunteers of America, which runs Reno’s homeless shelters, “for the most productive use of the funds.”

The announcement comes in the wake of a letter sent by Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus to Councilwoman Neoma Jardon. Brekhus requested that Jardon abstain from voting on StoneGate because of the donation announcement.

“The very appearance that a quid pro quo arrangement of a significant monetary commitment, even to a worthwhile civic cause, in return for a public official’s support for a

Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus
Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus

development request is not acceptable,” Brekhus wrote in a letter to Jardon.

But Jardon was cleared by City Attorney Karl Hall of any conflict of interest.

“Even though there is no conflict, as confirmed by the City Attorney, StoneGate has chosen to redirect their $50k away from the tiny homes for the homeless project,” Jardon said. “It is unfortunate that Brekhus called into question the intent of this contribution toward a very worthy initiative.

“And the homeless are ultimately the ones to suffer. The generosity of many in our community should not be called into question, but rather celebrated.”

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3 Comments

  1. Babe has money to help the homeless and put in a fabulous facility with just the cost of the useless Landscaping on Pyramid and McCarran Washoe County waste so much money but don’t worry they’ll raise our taxes to make up for it but they won’t go out and do their job selective enforcement and don’t help the people that really need it maybe because they can’t afford to pay taxes and get ripped off like the rest of us

  2. Once again something that might actually get someone back on their feet gets diverted to what will eventually just become another paycheck for another counselor

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