OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA–  The “historic” porno palace at 1052 South Virginia Street just got sold.  The purchase price of $574,000 included the 8930 SF building and the parking lots on either side.  The Assessor shows the 2nd floor as apartments!  No word as yet what the new owner Dark Horse Investments LLC Series I aka Jared J. Smith has planned, but a lot of bleach will be involved.

–  Reno just sold 435 Moran Street to Moran St. Senior LLC aka Silver Sage Manor for $432,154.  Reno bought this burned out neighborhood eyesore and used grant money to reconstruct it as 8 units of housing for needy seniors.

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–  Our Lady of Perpetual Land Grab is at it again.  A couple of years ago, Our Lady of Snows negotiated the partial abandonment of Lander Street between their school and Plumas Park for “safety” concerns.  Probably not a bad idea in the end in my opinion, and the City got serious improvements to Plumas Park in the deal.  It was very contentious at the neighborhood level, and as I recall, virtually every councilperson had to disclose connections to the church.

The current land grab is asking the City to abandon a full block of Wright Street.  And what for?  PARKING.  An 82 space surface lot in the middle of a dense residential neighborhood, freeing up some space for an administrative office building.  This is going to go thermonuclear as the residents (technically Plumas and not Midtown) have had ENOUGH of this private school dominating their neighborhood.  It might be time for Our Lady of Snows to put on a pair of big boy pants and find a new site for their school like Manogue did.  One that won’t violate the basics of Reno planning policy.  I’m not hopeful that will happen as this is one of Mayor Bob’s legacy projects.  Neighborhood notice is only within 700′ (2 blocks), and this is a heavily rental area – the actual stakeholders won’t know this is going on.  So let you neighbors know what is going on, and what is proposed.  Get involved if you care.

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