Carson Valley Inn spends $6 million |

Carson Valley Inn spends $6 million

by Linda Hiller, staff writer

The Carson Valley Inn will be 16,000 square feet larger, with a second-story swimming pool, a new cabaret lounge, consolidated office space, a casino area that will be 50 percent larger and a state-of-the-art ventilation system by next March.

“Construction will start in November and we’ll be on a fast track to get it done as soon as possible,” said resort owner Jeane Mulreany. “We picked the winter to do it because it is our slow season and want to do it quickly.”

Construction costs on the expansion are estimated at $3.2 million with the final tally including furniture and other costs around $6 million.

The expansion will include adding on to the east side of the casino between Eighth Street and the existing structure, said General Manager Tom Chamberlain, eliminating the driveway that accesses Highway 395 just west of Eighth Street.

“We’ve been listening to our customers, and they’ve let us know about a few things they want us to change, namely adding restrooms to the casino,” he said. “We’re righting a few wrongs with this construction.”

“This is something our customers have really asked for,” Mulreany said.

The expansion will involve bumping the casino out 8,000 square feet and adding a 4,000 square-foot office complex north of the new casino area, with a 4,000 square-foot pool area next to where the spas are now and a health club on the second floor above the offices. The swimming pool will be covered for year- round use and have large opening windows facing Eighth Street.

n Responding to customers. The Carson Valley Inn opened in 1984 at 1627 Highway 395 in Minden, owned by Jeane and Patrick Mulreany. Since then, expansions and improvements have taken place almost every year, with the last major remodel taking place in 1993. The resort now employs around 560 people – who will remain in their jobs during the construction – and the expanded structure will require another 40 or so employees, Mulreany said.

The expansion will only involve the casino, with no rooms being added, said Bill Henderson, CVI sales director.

“Our main concern is bringing the casino up to capacity,” he said. “When we’ve had big events either here or in town, like with our car giveaway recently, we were so full that we almost couldn’t handle everybody.”

Henderson also said events like Candy Dance, the HITS horse competition, Carson Valley Days, the Minden Street Fair and New Year’s Eve bring in so many people to the area that the casino gets crowded.

“We want to be able to accommodate everyone when this happens and not have people say, ‘Oh, I won’t go in there, it’s too crowded,'” Henderson said.

Worth Group Architects of Reno is doing the remodel design and TNT Construction, also of Reno, will be doing the construction. The work should have a minor impact on customers, since it will be framed in before any existing walls are knocked down, Mulreany said.

“Besides, we find that people love construction for some reason,” she said. “I don’t know what it is, but I think it might be because they’re curious or just want to be where the action is.”

Mulreany said the $6 million price tag is an investment and shows that the hotel/casino is economically healthy.

“This is an investment in the future of the Carson Valley Inn and our customers,” she said. “We’re glad to be growing, knowing that people here have supported us.”