2009 Year in Review: City’s paradigm shift focuses on downtown plan
One of the biggest downtown developments ever proposed for Carson City was rolled out to the board of supervisors during the fall by the city’s Office of Business Development.
The $87 million public-private partnership with the Carson Nugget focuses on a relatively new industry for Carson City – digital media – with a public Knowledge and Discovery Library at its core.
Other elements of the plan include downtown office, retail and housing space as well as a possible IMAX theater, parking system and transit hub.
The opportunity to pursue the project came about through the Hop and Mae Adams Trust and a settlement with the city which made available about eight acres of Nugget property now used for parking.
Proponents of the project are counting on the new industry to lessen the city’s dependence on gaming and sales tax dollars.
Details yet to be hammered out include how the public/private partnership would work and how the public portion of the project would be funded.
– Sandi Hoover