Planning ahead for mall expansion in Carson City
A Carson City landmark of sorts is coming down in the ongoing makeover of the Carson Mall.
The Copeland Lumber warehouse on Stewart Street and the vacant two-story office building just south of it are set to be demolished next month.
The buildings are owned by Carson Mall owner The Carrington Company, which bought the lumber building last year with the intention of redeveloping the site.
“We know we’re not going to utilize the existing footprints so we’re going to bring them down. We’re seeing that whole north end as something really exciting to do and we’re exploring various options,” said Gabe Hagemann, managing director, The Carrington Company, which has owned the mall for more than 55 years.
Demolition will start in the first or second week of September and take about two weeks to complete, said Hagemann.
Meanwhile, the Carson City Fire Department has been using the building for training exercises.
“They’ve been thrilled to have the opportunity to use both those buildings. They fill them with smoke and run various mock exercises,” he said.
Changes are underway at the opposite corner of the property, too.
The company is designing and plans to submit building permits in the next month for a 5,000 square foot building at the southwest corner of Stewart and Carson streets.
Construction is scheduled to begin early next year.
Hagemann said two tenants have signed leases for the space.
The company is also actively looking for a tenant for the former Tahoe Ridge Winery restaurant in the standalone building on Carson Street at the property’s northwest corner.
The mall’s northwest corner, about 17,000 square feet, is being redesigned to see how best to accommodate existing shops and possible new tenants.
The changes are part of what Hagemann calls phase 3 of the mall’s renovations, after the demolition of the Carl’s Jr. restaurant in front and the expansion for Schat’s Bakery and restaurants in the back.
“There are a variety of alternatives we’re exploring,” said Hagemann. “It’s our last area focus for the mall.”
Copeland Lumber closed in 2008 after more than 50 years in Carson City.