UNR's Planned Expansion Prompts Historic Preservation Concerns

Mar 17, 2016

Credit RenoHistorical.org / Nevada State Historic Preservation Office

The University of Nevada, Reno’s planned expansion toward downtown has raised concerns about the future of a few historic homes south of the university. Our Contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

The so-called gateway expansion is part of UNR’s master plan. It has drawn controversy and a number of citizens spoke out against the plan at last week's Reno City Council meeting

Councilman David Bobzien advocated for a cautious approach for developing the Center Street area between 8th and 9th Streets. He asked UNR President Marc Johnson how historic homes will be protected.

“Is there a way to incorporate the structures, to somehow split the difference and pay some homage to that really important block before you produce the renderings, before you go out and raise the money?”

Johnson said the school is committed to preserving historic properties and has done so with several buildings on campus that have been recently renovated.

“I think we have engaged with the preservation community and shown our interest and excitement about preserving our historical resources in the past," Johnson said.

Johnson added that plans will depend on fundraising and it'll be three years before any development starts.

The city council ultimately voted to hold off on approving UNR’s plan, pending more specific details. Check out the entire story on ThisisReno.com.