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Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: Tom @Skyfiber Internet - 5/16/2019 11:09:24 AM
Well done article and thank you! Exciting times in Reno for sure! Love your site!

Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: geopower - 5/16/2019 9:54:02 AM
Mike, thanks for reporting this. As one of the voices critical of both Siegel and Jacobs, for myself the issue isn't specific displacement or historical losses, it's lack of honest communication. When Siegel came to town, they made a lot of big promises about changing downtown, major upgrades, and they asked some pretty big support from city taxpayers. If they came in saying, "We want to take some rundown weeklies and make them moderately nicer weeklies," they wouldn't have been in a position to ask for public support, they wouldn't have got much press, and they wouldn't have faced much backlash. That's pretty much where they are now. The city isn't giving them public riverfront land, but it also isn't auditing their renovation permit valuations. Nobody's protesting them because they stopped asking for public handouts to run their normal business. The pushback against Jacobs was solidly grounded in a history of developers buying up downtown blocks, promising big things, then sitting on the land for decades while everything gets worse not better. Anyone who has the capital to do that, that's your privilege I suppose, but you shouldn't expect star bonds, or alley abandonments, or favorable rezones, or praise from your neighbors for doing so. This interview is the first time Jacobs has been publicly clear about their plan for 4th st development. It sounds pretty good and I sincerely hope it works well. But I really don't want to hear special pleadings for public support to make it work. The high land valuations that Jacobs bought at are their own choice, and in many ways contribute to ongoing downtown land hoarding, so it's on them to make their profit. Thanks again for the insight into the development plan.

Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: Tom - 5/16/2019 8:14:57 AM
Very helpful and informative post, thank you for sharing this information. I am glad to read of the upgrades at the Sands. As their guests begin to experience the renovated facilities, I expect to see new and complimentary reviews being posted at the various visitor websites. Perhaps that will stimulate a couple of other downtown hospitality properties to also remodel.

Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: Arlington Towers Jim - 5/15/2019 9:29:31 PM
Ya-frabbidy-fricking-hoo!!!! We face north and look down on this entire district from our terrace in Arlington Towers. It's thrilling to think of new development accompanied by rotating artwork! Thank you Jacobs for having the vision, cash and obvious ability to execute to create the Reno Neon Line.

Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: Sr. Benatti - 5/15/2019 9:07:18 PM
The good old days are back! Just like the time you ran PR interference for the Montage developer who assured you that everything was fine the day before he gave it all back to the bank. Close friend, wouldn't lie, and all that. I am all for 4th Street being cleaned up - this is a very important thing for our struggling urban core. But the rest of it is all mostly promises and statement of future intent - which you are helping this company spread the word about. When steel for all these buildings start to go up tell me I'm wrong and I will certainly say I am. A similar thing is happening in a part of Detroit with the Illitch family of Little Caesar's Pizza fame. They bought an entire neighborhood of neglected buildings, built a hockey stadium for their team (the Red Wings) and a new HQ for themselves, but paved the rest of the entire area ("District Detroit") and turned it all into parking lots. Somehow along the way they picked up $391M in public money, which just baffles me. Downtown Reno for the 15 years I've lived here is an almost endless stream of broken promises. I sincerely hope Jacobs finally gets it right and follows through with their plans. Your puff piece does not exactly hold their feet to the fire to do so.

Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: Gina Riggi - 5/15/2019 9:06:35 PM
Thanks for the great story. I've been curious about this project.

Topic: West 4th Street Update Sculptures, Sands Renovation, and Long-Term Plans revealed
Posted by: Sam Shad - 5/15/2019 5:27:14 PM
Well done Mike. A great story and another scoop

Topic: Construction Photo Tour: Renaissance Hotel
Posted by: Josko - 5/14/2019 4:37:27 AM
Looks great! Why don't you get bocce tables? They don't need much space, and are unique and beautiful! One of Marriott brands-Moxy Chelsea New York just installed one! www.boccekaber.com

Topic: Hideout Lounge to Become Cantina la Malquerida on Park Street
Posted by: Rodney Hurst - 5/8/2019 2:06:03 PM
Maybe if they turn down those flood lights they call bar lights down. Driving by it looks like grocery store lighting in there.

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: Adub - 4/24/2019 9:01:33 AM
Man you guys are negative! Thanks for taking the time to maintain this site. It's really cool! I appreciate all your work.

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: RSFB - 4/9/2019 5:42:18 PM
Did anybody else notice the landscaping in what I'm assuming were the renderings for the hotel pool... they show palm trees... have the developers behind the curtain even looked at a map or read a single scrap of information regarding the area.

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: geopower - 3/28/2019 9:59:33 AM
Who says you can't charge a bundle for rent in a nice new building with amenities just because there are poorer neighbors? Anything new in midtown, and the entire concepts and practice of gentrification and urban renewal are arguments against that.

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: Sammyproblemes - 3/27/2019 7:58:47 PM
How much will rent be? This is an already lower SES community. Cannot be charging thousands of dollars for the area when a block away it is a different social class?

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: geopower - 3/27/2019 5:20:57 PM
OK, can the press release be block quoted in the future? Using their phrasing without quotes makes it seem like your assessment. The exact same sentences show up on the news reports of the development, but they're quoted as the developer's statement, not the reporter's. I do appreciate the reporting, just also like the developer spin identified.

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: DowntownMakeoverDude - 3/27/2019 4:36:11 PM
Its not just a copy and paste of the press release, I included info that was presented in City Council today, which wasnt in press release, and took the time to spend two hours watching it. ;) For example, the press release didnt mention the brand name of the hotel, that was in the council meeting, also it didnt talk about the central park or the total number of units built, etc etc etc.

Topic: Park Lane Releases Phase 1 Plans - Multiple Buildings to Go Vertical Within 60 Days
Posted by: geopower - 3/27/2019 4:21:42 PM
Can we get an asterisk or some sort of notice when an article is just a reprint of the developer press release? I appreciate the info, but it's good to know when it's not coming from arm's length. Also, who thinks concrete, steel and glass are "organic" building materials? Have words lost all meaning?

Topic: First Look: Park Lane's First Building Revealed
Posted by: Ro - 3/11/2019 1:51:24 PM
So excited to see this, cannot wait for the retail, restaurants, the apartments, this will be wonderful for our community.

Topic: Headline for Article
Posted by: T Edwards - 2/27/2019 4:11:27 PM
The Lido, Intown and the Mardi Gras motels will be replaced with high rise condos according to the security who have been guarding these empty buildings each night. One of the problems he has had at the Sands is staffing...why work for the piss poor wages he offers when you can go to any of the big warehouses or bigger casinos and make more?? His turn over is horrible and that is one reason, the other being he values NONE of them.

Topic: Affordable Housing, Spaghetti and Bars On Tap for Next Council Meeting
Posted by: doofus - 2/22/2019 7:28:55 AM
Note that the 1st Jacobs lease on Keystone requires them to combine the parcel with 2 adjacent parcels. That would be Chevron and Meineke / Society Cleaners. Jacobs does not currently own them, so must have options. If Jacobs wants the parking lot on 2nd Street, I'd speculate that they have the Town House Motor Lodge tied up.

Topic: Photo Tour - Future of the Horseshoe Building
Posted by: geopower - 2/9/2019 4:35:49 PM
Didn't he just spend "$2 million" on a previous downtown specialty bar? How's Shelter doing?

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