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Historic Resources Commission to Discuss Historic UNR Homes

By Bob Conrad
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The Mary Sherman House on Center Street

Image: RenoHistorial.org / State Historic Preservation Office.

The City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission (HRC) is meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 7, 2106, to discuss historic homes located in the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) so-called gateway district.

Some citizens are concerned that UNR’s new master plan will impact the historic homes on Center Street south of campus.

UNR spokeswoman Heidi Gansert said the university is not planning to demolish the homes.

“We are not looking at demolishing those buildings,” she said. “We’re working to try to find alternatives, and … that’s reusing them or reusing portions of them or moving them.”

Alicia Barber, chair of the City’s HRC, said preserving the homes should be an option on the table.

“We’ve really been trying to kind of determine whether or not any of these houses could stay in place, which of course is the most desirable thing for preservation and retaining their historical integrity,” she said.

The Reno City Council said they want to see more collaboration between UNR and the HRC on this issue and added that relocating the homes should only be a last resort in lieu of demolition.

The HRC is meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center.

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