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

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Developers of the North Valleys development, StoneGate, have rescinded their offer to donate $50,000 toward building tiny homes as transitional housing for Reno’s homeless.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