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CITY COUNCIL: Parklets Proposed for Downtown, Midtown


Craft Wine & Beer Parklet Under Construction
Craft Wine & Beer Parklet Under Construction

UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2015

Craft Wine & Beer’s parklet was approved Sept. 2 under a special use permit. Construction began on it this morning. See the photo above.

Reno business are proposing new parklets, spaces that usually include benches and other people-oriented amenities in the place of parking spots.

Two parklets are proposed and will be heard by the City Council Wednesday: one in front of Craft Wine & Beer and the other, downtown, in the Riverwalk District.

“The (downtown) parklet is funded by private entities and individuals involved,” said Matthew McIver of Laxalt & McIver, which is spearheading downtown’s Roff Way parklet, first reported at DowntownMakeover.com. “It will be open to the public but maintained privately as well. This is a pilot program we are creating with the city for others to apply (and) build on a regulatory basis.”

Reno Collective‘s Colin Loretz supports the project.

“Similar projects have taken larger cities by storm and demonstrated that you can have a tremendous impact on the community and surrounding areas for a very small investment of time, energy and passion,” he wrote in a letter of support.

The Jungle, Noble Pie Parlor and RiverWalk Merchants Association also support the project.

The downtown parklet is ADA compliant, takes up no more than two parking spaces and is drug, alcohol and tobacco free. The parklets are proposed from September through the end of December 2015.

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Other City Council items include:

  • screen-shot-2015-09-07-at-11-36-59-am-7965789-8914929A signage showdown at Meadowood Mall. Mall expansion plans include a 50,600 square-foot Dick’s sporting goods store and new Century Theatres theater. The theater’s proposed sign has drawn protest. The council will review an appeal of the case and make the ultimate decision as to whether the sign is appropriate, the appeals process was fair and whether the sign meets FAA regulations. If the project goes through, the expansion will be on the west side of the mall.
  • Further consideration into Waste Management’s practices. The council will consider devoting staff time into looking at the city’s audit rights, Waste Management’s Eco-Center construction compliance and contaminated recyclables.
  • Approval of collective bargaining agreements between the city the Reno Fire Department Administrators’ Association and between the city and the Reno Police Protective Association (RPPA). Upon approval, RPPA members will get a two percent wage increase. Both agreements run through June 30, 2016.

Read the agenda, view the agenda packet (1,200-plus pages) or watch the meeting online, scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.



Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.