RobbDrive Signs of commercial activity in the sleepy western gateway.’

First, a 2.84 acre site on Stone Valley Drive is being developed into a 164 bed memory care facility.  this is just north of the park on Robb, and just south of the car wash.  Originally designed to be a 75 unit SFR project, the site was sold out of foreclosure to a commercial subsidy of Ryder Homes, who turned a nice little profit flipping the deal.

Across the street, Grace Church has broken ground on a new 1500 seat worship center.

Moving south to the NW corner of Robb and Sharlands, Renown is in front of the planning commission tonight for variances to build a 15,000 SF urgent care / medical office building.  Click HERE for the Staff Report.  Renown has owned the site since 2004, though I think there was a sign up for several years announcing a Wells Fargo branch for the location.

Crossing I-80 to the 48.8 acre site originally proposed as a Flying J truck stop, the planning commission will hear a rezoning case tonight changing the current residential zoning to Community Commercial.  Staff Report.   Combined with the approved 34.64 acre TCA Properties project directly to the west and the 85 acre Vintage Point project directly east, this is becoming a huge retail development parcel.  The Chalk Bluff 23.38 acre parcel rounds out the development potential (APN 212-112-03 – the property used for staging the trench project and the 1-80 projects in California).  In total, these sites could accommodate over a million square feet of retail development.  Lowe’s and a Target Greatland would be over 300,000 SF by themselves.

Off Robb but still in the neighborhood, Canyon Center on McCarran (SaveMart) just sold one of their last 3 remaining big box sites to Halle Properties LLC.  $1,000,000 for the 4.5 acre site that includes a lot of the “canyon” part of Canyon Center (just south of  Qdoba, APN 005-340-08).   A Google search of Halle Properties LLC turns up a lot of references to Discount Tires, and they own 2 other Discount Tire retail outlets in the area.  So my guess is a Discount Tires store!

Can West Reno support this level of commercial development?  I think becoming the commercial hub for the north Tahoe / Truckee market (EEK, that sounds like STAR Bonds!) might make it feasible.  There is currently a ZERO vacancy rate on this end of town for big box retail. What’s your opinion?