A new building complex will soon rise again on Curry Street between Proctor and Telegraph streets downtown.
A groundbreaking ceremony takes place next week on the Hop & Mae Adams Foundation’s three-story, mixed use development that for now is called 308 North Curry.
The multi-building project, designed by Carson City architect Robert Darney and being built by Metcalf Builders Inc., is expected to be ready for occupancy in October 2017, according to Steve Neighbors, a foundation trustee.
The project will feature one building with 10,300 square feet of retail space on the street level, 11,400 square feet of Class A office space on the second floor, and 8 apartments varying in size from 1,000 square feet to 2,100 square feet on the third floor.
Two more apartments will be in a separate, adjacent building on the corner of Telegraph and Nevada streets, above three garages.
Next to that, on Nevada Street, is planned a third structure housing seven more garages for residents.
The project replaces the Citibank building, which the foundation bought in 2014 for $900,000 with plans to renovate it for essentially the same design as the new construction.
But once the building was gutted, the 1960s era structure was found to be unsalvageable.
“The only thing holding it together was the roof,” said Neighbors.
The new design has a historic look and feel that has been overwhelmingly preferred by the public at an open charrette, said Miya MacKenzie, chief professional officer at the nearby Adams Hub.
MacKenzie said she already gets multiple calls a week inquiring about the apartments.
Neighbors said retail and commercial tenants will be identified closer to the building’s completion next summer.
“We’ll start advertising, but I’ve been pushing back on getting tenants until we know when it will be ready,” said Neighbors.
Bruce Robertson, a senior advisor for NAI Alliance-Carson City, will be handling leasing on the commercial side.
Then tenant improvements will take until the fall to make it available to move in.
“We envision a restaurant on the first floor,” said MacKenzie, as an anchor tenant at the south end in as much as 5,000 square feet.
Neighbors, Ed Ahrens and Chris MacKenzie, the foundation’s three trustees, as well as Mayor Bob Crowell are expected to attend the groundbreaking at 11 a.m. Wednesday.