Council will be considering issuing a Request for Interest this week, seeking both laic and divine guidance on what to do with the old Citicenter RTC station downtown that Reno purchased for $6.6M.  The site is a bit over an acre, and can be increased a bit.  Proposals can be for reuse of the existing ’80’s structures, additional infill, or scrape and start from scratch.  Reno has absolutely no clue how to dig themselves out of the fiscal hole they dug when the bought this hot mess, a unicorn-hugging mission statement on what they want to accomplish, and no money to partner up.

Scrape it is the only possible scenario that makes sense (though the North Pavilion can be the Charles McNeely Museum of Civic Suicide in the interim).  I can already feel a certain Councilperson needing to visit a urologist when this “urban forest” is lost.  The winner is going to be whoever can cram the greatest number of most subsidized dwelling unit as possible onto the site, which is sad and short-sighted if downtown Reno is ever going to become DOWNTOWN RENO again.

So what are your ideas?  What would make the “difference” that would pass muster with the Council, benefit our downtown, and make fiscal sense?  My dance card is open and I can partner up with anyone who has the BIG IDEA to save downtown!

That great sucking sound you hear next door is the Ballroom bleeding cash – it needs its own RFI pronto.  And have any of you ever been to an event at the Event Center?  There current bookings look historically low (though hearing Dierks live singing Drunk on a Plane might get me in a seat!).

Seriously, ideas?  What would make downtown great or at least not so sucky?

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