Roberts House, theater upgrades make short list for tax funds
Appeal Staff Writer
Volunteers who run Roberts House are crossing their fingers that their request for money to expand the attraction will be welcomed once more.
Parks and Recreation Commissioners recommended four projects receive Residential Construction Tax Funds.
“We’ve been collecting money for two or three years,” said Fred Stanio, the Carson City Historical Society’s building coordinator.
Roberts House, at 1207 N. Carson St., is owned by the city but run by the society. It could receive $54,000 for its plan to add a two-story, 1,425-square-foot area to the property that will provide more exhibit space and lecture areas.
“We want to build a structure that looks old next to an old structure,” he said. “It’s a tourist attraction.”
The expansion is expected to cost $300,000, and the society needs $190,000 more. Another $35,000 grant, fundraising events such as the Garden Home Tour and Christmas Home Tour, and donations, make up the rest, Stanio said.
The museum also could receive $2,000 for a new house sign from the tax fund.
Roberts House itself is in need of repairs, including its roof, porches and windows, he said.
More than $273,317 was sought for these project, but the tax fund only provides $140,000 this year.
The society is a nonprofit group that acquires, restores and preserves historic items, including buildings. It also promotes education, research and publishing about Northern Nevada history. It used to be known as the Nevada Landmarks Society.
Money from this tax source also is recommended toward an overhaul of the lighting system in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Community Center. Sought for this project is $75,000, a portion of the full price: $208,417.
Other work to refurbish the theater – paint, new seats and carpets – will be funded by Question 18, capital improvement and previous year’s funds from this tax.
Also recommended for the money: Trees in Governor’s Field – $6,900, and a house sign for Wungmena House – $2,000.
Last year, the commissioners recommended that most of the funding be used for development of Ronald D. Wilson Memorial Park.
This money originates from new residential construction projects.
The Carson City Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve the funding plan later this fall.
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