Town pans apartment proposal |

Town pans apartment proposal

A proposal to convert property that has been a car lot and a restaurant into apartments was rejected by Gardnerville Town Board members on Tuesday.

Resident Martin Stahl recently purchased the site of the former Sierra Gourmet Grill and is seeking to place 20-21 apartments on the 1.66 acre site.

In order to do that, he will need master plan and zone changes from commercial to multi-family residential on the property.

Associated Planner Tammy Kinsley of R.O. Anderson Engineering said the owner proposed three two-story building on the lot with parking in the back.

Each unit would have a single car garage in the bottom and two bedrooms in the top floor.

Stahl estimated the roughly 1,300-square-foot apartments would rent for $800 a month.

In his report to the board, Town Manager Tom Dallaire recommended approval saying that all of the constructed multi-family housing in town is full.

“It is close proximity to services, which made this location of the S curve desirable for mixed-use commercial,” he said.

But he had reservations about the pattern developing along Gardnerville’s Main Street.

“I personally do not think another apartment building should be located on Highway 395, creating a pattern of business, apartment complex, business, apartments and then business,” he said. “That is why we were asking for the mixed structure fronting Highway 395 only.”

Both Dallaire and Kinsley pointed out that commercial efforts have not been successful on the property in recent years.

It has been five years since the property was last a car lot. Turning it into a retail store and an eatery resulted in the property’s current state.

Board member Linda Slater pointed out that the project doesn’t meet the current requirements or fit with the town’s plan for prosperity.

Board member Ken Miller said he was concerned for the safety of the residents.

“You’re looking at a lot of young families there,” he said, concerned that more children will try to cross Highway 395.

Board member Cassandra Jones pointed out that while there is multi-family zoning in Kingslane, which sits next door, there is no logical extension of infrastructure between the two sites.

Gardnerville is only the first step for the project which must also go to the Douglas County planning and county commissioners for approval.