Gardnerville projects look to future |

Gardnerville projects look to future

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A drawing of the meeting room inside the Gardnerville Station.
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Even as Gardnerville prepares to wrap up funding for the major project of converting a former gas station into a visitor’s center, the town is making a down payment on what may be its next big thing.

While presenting Gardnerville’s budget during a special meeting Monday between the three towns and commissioners, Gardnerville Town Manager Tom Dallaire included the first of three $55,000 payments to purchase 3 acres of land across Gillman Avenue from Heritage Park.

He said a public process will begin soon to see what residents would like to have happen on the property that links the former Condron Shell Station site to the park.

“So this completes your empire,” Douglas County Commission Chairman Barry Penzel joked.

“Yep,” Dallaire answered.

Commissioners also congratulated Dallaire on obtaining the grant that will complete major work on the former gas station.

Dallaire told the commission that work on the station will begin as soon as the town receives a $539,350 community development block grant from the state.

The grant will be enough money to finish the improvements to the gas station and install a storm water structure under the front of the building.

“What’s left is s-curve widening and improvements on Douglas, and getting storm drain across street and to the Hellwinkel ditch,” Dallaire said. “The building will be done and functional.”