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Barone reflects on rejection from Carson supervisors

by Linda Hiller

Carrie Barone is all wrung out. Temporarily, anyway.

The Carson Valley resident and vice president of Bar-One Enterprises said she was surprised at the tone of her recent encounters with Carson City supervisors.

“I am so tired,” she said from her Gardnerville Ranchos home. “I didn’t think the reaction (at the June 18 meeting) would be so one-sided and so brutal.”

Barone and her husband Don, a contractor, have been working with Carson City for more than three years to come to a mutual agreement on an events center at Fuji Park that she says will be a boon not only to Carson City, but Carson Valley and beyond.

She said they envision events like indoor polo, professional wrestling, monster truck rallys and concerts at the proposed events complex.

Responding to concerns about gambling at a family center, Barone said the gaming facility would be upstairs from the arena and off limits to children attending the family-oriented events.

“I have children myself, and sympathize with parents,” she said. “We even have a separate entrance for children to the upstairs restaurant – the Wild West Steak House. We plan to have Buckles and Boots, the biggest dance floor in the world up there, too. It would be great fun.”

Prior to the Carson City effort, the Barones attempted to get the project approved in Douglas County – across from the Carson Valley Equestrian Center on Highway 395, but were unsuccessful.

Barone, the middle of three daughters, grew up in Eeast San Jose, Calif. She said that she has been interested in the field of real estate since about the age of 8.

“As a child, I would ride my bike around the neighborhood and look at the housing developments going up,” she said. “I would wonder things like, ‘How many houses are they going to put in there and what kind of houses will they be?’ It fascinated me.”

Barone, who suffered from dyslexia, said high school was difficult for her and she was happy to graduate.

“I did it for my parents,” she said. “They were so proud. I worked full time as a waitress while I was in high school. It seems like I always worked – I picked apricots and plums, and was a bagger and a checker in a grocery store.”

After graduating, Barone got her real estate license at the age of 18 and started to work her way up in that world.

“We couldn’t afford college, so I got my real estate license and went to work again,” she said.

She eventually got an appraiser’s license and also a license in cosmetology – another field she was interested in from a young age.

“I always wanted to open a spa – I still do,” she said.

Barone also opened and operated C.B. Maintenance in California – a house cleaning business with six employees.

Barone, 39, and her husband Don, 40, have two children – daughter Chelsie, 9 and son DonCarl, 7.

Upon arriving in the Carson Valley in 1991, although Barone stayed home with their children. She worked part-time as a manicurist at Tropical Tan.

The call back to developing eventually came, and last week as she regrouped from the disappointing meeting with Carson City officials, Barone spent time planning her next move to get the events center built.

“They acted like gaming was never in the plan,” she said. “Gaming was always in the plan – even in Douglas County. This takes advantage of what we have here in Nevada – gaming. It’s ancillary income like at the airport. I didn’t want to have to use the room tax.”

As a mother, Barone insists on having her office in her home so she can be with her children.

“My children are everything,’ she said. “I want to be here when they get home from school. All the kids in the neighborhood like to come here to play.”

Barone said she tries to be sensitive to the need of those affected by what she builds.

“As a woman developer, I think I have a different approach,” she said. “In San Jose, before going forward with a development, I would take the plans and go door-to-door and talk to the neighbors, asking them what they thought and if they approved. If the majority didn’t like it, I didn’t build it.”

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