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New motel for Gardnerville

by Sharon Carter

Gardnerville town officials Thursday unanimously approved a request to build a 33-room motel at the northwest corner of Eddy Street and Highway 395.

Architect R.P. Heim of Gardnerville, who designed the proposed two-story Road House Inn for Gardnerville-based Nevada Ventures, said the new business will be next door to the historic Adaven Hotel and across Eddy Street from NAPA Auto Parts.

The motel, which is designed to blend in with the historic downtown district, is planned to have a drive-in entrance and parking off North Eddy Street. The developer will construct curbs, gutters and sidewalks on his section of the street and has dedicated 18 feet of road right-of-way to the town to widen the roadway.

Nevada Ventures is a partnership between Gardnerville contractor Kirk Johnson and his brother, Greg Johnson, who has NDS Software at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Kirk Johnson also owns motels in Walker, Calif.

Gardnerville resident Vince McCalla, a certified public accountant whose business is across the street from the motel site, told the board he heartily approved of the project. The site formerly housed the East Fork Gallery and the Coventry Cross Thrift Shop until the buildings burned in an arson fire Jan. 23, 1995.

“I was tired of looking at that poor old shack (that remained at the site) and all the weeds,” McCalla said Friday. “I like to see people put back into the community – the things they’re doing at the JT (Basque Restaurant) and projects like this are a tremendous asset to the downtown area.”

Town of Gardnerville engineers Andy Burnham and Robert Fellows suggested the town consider allocating money to overlay and fully improve the north section of Eddy Street when the motel’s street improvements are made.

The town board also voted to reduce the business’ setbacks from the street to match those of its neighbors. The town board’s action, in the form of a recommendation will be forwarded to the county commission when that board reviews the Road House Inn project.

The Douglas County Planning Commission is scheduled to review the Road House Inn project Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Clerk Sondra Condron said Friday the soonest the project can appear before the county commission is Dec. 3. As yet, she said, no formal request has been made for top county officials to consider the project.

In other business, the town board:

n Continued a request to divide a five-acre commercially-zoned parcel into three commercial parcels on North Gilman Avenue at Chichester Estates. Board members and staff engineers, who said they feared piece-meal development of the area, said they plan to consult with county planners about the Chichester Estates development agreement to see if construction of the High School/Maple Street extension entered into the agreement.

n Approved a request to remodel an existing home at 1228 Pep Street into an office building.

n Approved a request to construct a one-story, 20,550 square-foot industrial building at 1415 Industrial Way. The proposed J C Center, near the Im-Pruv-All Tire Store, will house 11 leasable units suitable for light industrial uses.

n Ordered the release of a landscaping deposit to the Mill Creek Estates Homeowners Association to pay for moving a fence.

n Reviewed and rejected two contractor bids to pipe a ditch in the Sunset Park subdivision. The bids were both in excess of the amount the town had budgeted for the project. Town engineers were directed to negotiate the issues with the contractors and if bids more in line with the town’s budget were not forthcoming, town staff was directed to purchase the pipe and materials and do the work themselves.

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