Washoe tribe buys gas service station | RecordCourier.com

Washoe tribe buys gas service station

by Sheila Gardner, Record-Courier editor

The Washoe Tribe’s economic development agency purchased an Indian Hills service station complex in bankruptcy court for $1.785 million.

Kurt Weissheimer, director of Washoe Development Enterprises, said Friday the tribe and a gas distributor were the only two bidders in a federal bankruptcy court auction Tuesday in Reno. The tribe purchased a one-acre parcel with the North County service station, car wash and convenience store, which has been closed since January.

“This is our first venture into a fueling station,” Weissheimer said. “We’ll probably bring in someone with lots of experience to get us started. This ties in with what other things we’re doing, namely remodeling the smoke shops in Carson City and Gardnerville.”

Weissheimer said he hopes the station will reopen within a month, operated by members of the Washoe Tribe. He said he wasn’t sure what fuel would be sold at the former Chevron station.

Once the facility reopens, Weissheimer said it will be operated 24 hours a day to serve the residents of Indian Hills and Sunridge as well as the 25,000 vehicles that pass by daily on Highway 395.

The gas station closed the first of the year, three years after it was built by Ginger and Ken Stoner of Incline Village. The Stoners still own three acres of land at the intersection of Highway 395 and Mica Drive.

Washoe Development Enterprises is chartered by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California with a separate board of directors. Weissheimer is overseeing negotiations for development of a $26 million, 70-acre commercial development on the east side of Highway 395 near the Sunridge golf course.

“Our goal is to maximize and enhance the assets the tribe transferred over to us including more than 600 acres of commercial property, two ranches and the Lake Tahoe resort of Meeks Bay,” Weissheimer said.