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Office Complex Slated for Del Monte Lane

By Carla O'Day
740 Del Monte Lane
740 Del Monte Lane

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By Carla O’Day

A zoning change and master plan amendment were approved Wednesday by the City Council to make way for an office complex in South Reno near the future Rancharrah development.

The 2.5-acre site owned by the Hansen Family Trust is on the south side of Del Monte Lane west of its junction with Kietzke Lane. It is south of the Rancharrah Planned Unit Development, which recently broke ground and is expected to contain about 600 homes.

Preliminary plans for the Hansen Neighborhood Office Project consist of 32,000 square feet of office space with about a quarter of it being for medical offices. The Reno City Planning Commission indicated in its report to the City Council that it felt the project was compatible with surrounding areas.

“It’s a great location for a few small businesses that would serve the Rancharrah area and those who already live in the area,” Gerald Hansen told Council members.

Sparks firm Solaegui Engineers Ltd. conducted a traffic study that estimated 554 daily trips would result from this project if it goes as proposed. Solaegui indicated about 80 percent of traffic into the office complex would come from motorists driving from the east on Del Monte Lane, and an exclusive left turn lane isn’t necessary based on existing and projected traffic volumes, the study said.

The Hansen property was annexed into Reno in 1994. It currently contains a vacant church and a two-story home. Zoning was switched from large lot residential to professional office. A master plan amendment was switched from single-family residential to mixed residential. Land use designation for mixed residential is three to 21 dwelling units per acre with specific characteristics.



Steven Hammond June 16, 2016 - 10:41 am

The article notes traffic flow but it sounds as if no modifications to this traffic circle will occur. The design of this traffic circle is very poor for anyone driving westward from the highway to the proposed complex location. The circle goes from a single lane (entering from West side) to a dual lane as Kietzke merges from the North. This forces a driver to crossover the added lane to get to the office park. I drive this circle twice a day and have near miss accidents several times a week. Add a bunch of houses for Rancharrah and the problem is only magnified. Private investors will not be interested in infrastructure improvements. The city needs to have more input. Drive this route a few times at 5pm weekdays and you’ll see what I mean….

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