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Partial Alleyway Abandonment An Early Step for West 2nd District

By Carla O'Day

235 Ralston StCarla O’Day

Developers of the future West 2nd District urban infill project were granted a partial alleyway abandonment Wednesday by the Reno City Council, one of the first of many approvals to be sought as part of the 17-acre proposed project.

The partial alleyway is physically located at 235 Ralston Street, north of West Second Street, and about 200-feet west of and parallel to Ralston Street. The alleyway is 20-feet wide and 121-feet long and has two-way traffic.

Jenny Brekhus

Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus

“Tying this to a project being real is important,” Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus said. “It’s the first step of a larger effort in this area.”

Two weeks earlier, the Reno-based Don J. Clark Group and Secundo Vita LLC presented its $1.281 billion West 2nd District project to the City Council. Its plans consist of 2.4 million square feet of sustainable residential space, equalling 1,900 units.

Almost 450,00 square feet of office space, about 245,000 square feet of retail, two non-gaming hotels and 322,000 square feet of common area would also be included. The design contains between 4,000 and 5,000 parking spaces and an on-site wastewater treatment plant and central plant.

The project would take 6 to 10 years to complete and create approximately 4,500 construction jobs and 2,100 permanent jobs. It would abut the railroad tracks on West Second Street between Washington Street and North Arlington Avenue. Development would also take place along part of West First Street.

Washoe County Assessor records show Secundo Vita bought the parcel for $280,000 in January from Zante Inc., an arm of the Sands Regency Casino Hotel.

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