Proposal would move historic homes near UNR to nearby park

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Twelve historic homes could be demolished by the University of Nevada, Reno, if no one steps up to move them to another place.

Courtesy: Evans Historic Park

But one group believes it might have a solution to save the homes.

Reno Heritage Foundation is proposing the ‘Evans Historic Park.’ It looks to move historic homes a few blocks east of their current site to Evans Park.

Alicia Barber with the group says the project is fluid and changing on a regular basis. But the group hopes to sell the homes, which could be leased out to small businesses to add to student life. The sale of the homes will also cover the costs to move the homes.

"That way, the people that own the houses have the ability to put a business in them. We want this to be commercial, we it to be a benefit to the surrounding area," said Barber.

She says more than $2 million will be raised the first 15 years.

But the biggest concern is using a public park for the project, and that requires the group to jump through a few hoops to make the proposal a reality.

Thursday evening, Reno’s Historical Resources Commission heard the plan, and after discussing it, the commission unanimously approved proposal.

"The Commission agrees with the concept because we want to preserve these homes, even if we can't do it in place, which we always prefer to do. This concept could preserve these homes nearby," said Historical Resources Commissioner Emerson Marcus.

The group needs to go in front of the Reno Parks and Recreation Commission May 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm and then the proposal could be heard by the Reno City Council in late May.

For more information on the proposed project,click here.