Gardnerville station goes back to grant well |

Gardnerville station goes back to grant well

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What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tahoe Transportation Center, Stateline

A $539,350 grant to help pay for the renovation of the former Condron Shell in Gardnerville’s S-curve is set to go before Douglas County commissioners on Thursday.

Work to turn the former gas station into a gateway for the town’s Main Street District is expected to affect 222 business properties in the district.

One of the key uses for the site, besides a visitors center, is a location for stormwater detention basins that will reduce flooding in the S-curve and help develop the surrounding parcels, according to a report prepared by the town.

Douglas County turned the site over to the town in June 2013 after taking it over when no one bid on it in a tax sale.

In the last three years, the town has received more than $150,000 in grants and has pulled the station’s fuel tanks.

Station work has involved the Nevada Department of Transportation who the town hopes will increase the turning radius along the property to keep large vehicles from driving onto the sidewalk.

Town Manager Tom Dallaire has said he plans to complete the entire renovation using grants.

Commissioners also will discuss forwarding a $350,000 grant to help fund improvements for the North Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The plant is at 80-100 percent capacity and the county is undergoing design work to increase its capacity to support existing and future customers. That work is expected to cost $7.5 million. Design on the project is 60 percent done.

When complete, three existing employers in the area have said that they will add 170 jobs in the plant’s service area due to their ability to expand.

That would translate into an additional $1.3 million in annual property taxes, according to the county.

Should commissioners approve the requests on Thursday, the grants would go to a committee representing 15 rural counties and 11 small cities that will decide how to distribute $2.4 million available, according to Senior Planner Lucille Rao.

The grants are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and must be project-ready to be considered.