Indian Hills main drag gets new look |

Indian Hills main drag gets new look

Indian Hills General Improvement District Chairman Chris Johnson looks at a display of photos in the district office.
Kurt Hildebrand |

It has been a long and bumpy road, but after almost a decade, Vista Grande from Mica Drive south has been rebuilt.

“When I saw the bushes go in, I just about cried,” said Indian Hills General Improvement District trustee Denise Pierini. “This has been so long coming.”

Members of the Indian Hills district board and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners were among the two-dozen people on hand Monday for the official ribbon cutting on the $1.32 million project.

Funded by redevelopment, the project included a 36-foot wide asphalt surface from Amador Circle to Mica Drive, bicycle lanes, ADA compliant ramps, new trees and shrubs.

Vista Grande stretches from Coloma Drive all the way to Jacks Valley, making it the main artery for Indian Hills.

Douglas County Redevelopment Agency funds must be used to benefit the specific area from which they are collected and meet certain findings that are consistent with the adopted plan and Nevada law. This portion of Vista Grande will remain owned by Douglas County and maintained by Indian Hills GID.

Work on the road was originally supposed to occur a decade ago after the district had done sewer work on the section maintained by the county because it’s wasn’t in the district.

An agreement was approved in 2004 to transfer maintenance of that section of the road to the district in exchange for $140,000 in improvements to the road.

After determining that it would be better to reconstruct the road, the district came back to the county asking for $585,983.

That request was denied in 2006, because the county didn’t have the money.