For years, the City of Reno and the U.S. Postal Service have been dancing around with the sale of the historic downtown post office building. It finally looks like a deal everyone can live with has been reached.
Historic post office building in downtown Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White
With one dissenting vote by Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza, a deal was approved on June 19, 2012 whereby the building will be sold by the city to a development group (50 South Virginia LLC) for $1.25 million. The group would then be responsible for around $4.9 million in repairs and renovations that would turn the building into a retail center. The group includes Bernie Carter, Ward 1 Reno City Council candidate, and three other partners. They will have 24 months from the time the U.S. Postal Service vacates the building to present their plan to the Reno Redevelopment Agency. The Postal Service will relocate to the Parking Gallery at 135 North Sierra Street, a facility owned by the City of Reno.
Reno's art deco post office opened in 1934 and is one of the best examples of this type of architecture in Nevada. It was designed by Frederic Delongchamps, Reno's most prominent architect at the time. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Because of this, the building's historic character must be preserved and any changes will require approval from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, the Reno City Council, and the Reno Redevelopment Agency.
Sources: City of Reno, Reno Gazette-Journal.
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