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Williams Ridge ready to go

by Linda Hiller

The vision Dave Williams had 15 years ago for a business park south of Gardnerville is finally being realized.

The first central building for Williams Ridge Technical Park is finished and open for lease, according to Mary Davis, business developer for the company.

“This first-phase building is called the Mark Circle Corporate Center,” she said. “Essentially, we can provide a corporate headquarters for a company, with warehouse space available in our adjacent 30,000 square-foot building.”

The 34,000 square-foot, $5 million corporate center is a concrete and steel “Class A” construction, according to Williams.

“This is a one-of-a-kind building,” he said. “We wanted it to be quiet and well-designed for any kind of business that wants to locate here.”

Williams owns and operates Aervoe Pacific, a paint and lubricant manufacturing company, also located in the technical park off Pinenut Road south of Gardnerville.

Davis, who worked in Silicon Valley in California for many years, said the majority of big companies in that urban location leased property and buildings, rather than owning and constructing their headquarters. The practice also makes sense here in the Carson Valley, she said.

“People in business don’t want to be landlords, and people who invest in businesses don’t want to have their money used to pay for land and buildings rather than the business itself,” she said. “Here, we provide everything a business needs and in the long run it costs less.”

The Mark Circle Corporate Center has a variety of office suites for lease in the elegant building with views of the Sierra. The marble floors and circular entry accented with glass blocks are set off by LeRoy Neiman and Aldo Luongo paintings and oriental rugs.

Rental prices for the office and executive suites range from $1 to $1.50 per square foot. Executive suites include amenities such as word processing, payroll, shipping and accounting services, a receptionist, cleaning service and more. Rental of the adjacent warehouse space runs $.45 per square foot.

Williams said it is the synergy of this project that was at the heart of his initial technical park vision.

“I felt that it was synergy that was missing in Douglas County,” he said. “Here, there will be interrelationships between companies, where they can benefit from their collective presence and in the end everybody benefits.”

Davis said the new building already has businesses renting office suites and warehouse sites, with space still available for other leasees. In the event of the center filling to capacity, plans for another corporate center to the north of Mark Circle, this one called Cindy Circle, are in the works for the rest Williams’ 250-acre parcel of land.

Mark and Cindy are Williams’ two children.

A park with tennis and basketball courts, trails, open playfields and picnic grounds are also planned for the development.

For more information, call 782-0290.

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