Busy night for CC Planning Commission…new casino, new apartments, and clearing the skies over western Lyon County!
A little change in plans for those constructing a new casino at South Carson Street and Sonoma. The developer originally planned to gut the inside of the old Grandma Hattie’s Restaurant and turn it in to a small casino. The Carson City Planning Commission gave it their blessing for the project to move ahead but things went a little sideways.
The developers decided that the old Grandma Hattie’s was a bit too small. So they re-applied to the city planning commission and asked to completely tear down Grandma Hattie’s and build something roughly 50% bigger. And once again the planning commission accommodated the developers’ wishes.
The new Lucky Strike Casino will be over 9,000 square feet of restaurant, gaming floor, bar and lounge sports betting and customer service. And of course lots of free parking. No word yet on exactly when the Lucky Strike Casino will start coming up out of the ground.
The Planning Commission next gave its blessing to a 126 unit apartment complex planned just east of Carson City’s main post office on Little Lane. The apartment complex is expected to contain 42 one bedroom units and 84 two bedroom units spanning eleven buildings. Other amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse and sport courts. No word yet on what they’ll rent for.
Another apartment complex got the planning commission’s blessing – this one at a flat piece of ground at the corner of Silver Sage and Stafford Way. The developer told the planning commission the two story complex will offer upstairs units with roughly 1,350 square feet and downstairs units averaging 950 square feet. Parking will be limited. A number of nearby residents complained to the planning commission that the surrounding homes are all single family homes and that they don’t want 2nd floor apartment residents looking down into their backyards or through their windows. But the developer reminded the commission that there are a dwindling number of mid-rise apartment/condo complexes in the area and that lower cost housing is in short supply in the Carson City area as it is just about everywhere in the country. Still the neighbors lamented the “intrusion” of another mid-rise apartment house in what is mainly a single family home neighborhood. And for some, the new apartment building blocks their long-enjoyed view of the mountains to the west. There were indications from the neighbors they may appeal the planning commission’s recommended go-ahead on the project.
And finally a group of residents living just inside the Lyon County line complained loudly to the Carson City Planning Commission that an asphalt processing plant just inside the Carson City city limits has been polluting their air for a long time. And they want it stopped. They say they’re getting sick. They complain that the smoke pollution has been going on for two to three years and that Carson City should put an end to it.
The planning commission took the neighbors complaints to heart and decided to inform the owner of the asphalt plant that he must stop his plant’s excessive pollution. The planning commission gave the owner ten days to appeal the commission’s decision. If the owner doesn’t rectify the situation the planning commission will recommend to the Carson City Board of Supervisors that they step in and revoke the plant’s license to operate. The commission also ruled that the plant owner must buy special equipment that strips the plant’s exhaust of harmful chemicals and smoke.