During Wednesday night's meeting, the Reno City Planning Commission intended to focus its attention on the Redfield Regional Center Plan....a massive project that will include retail, industrial, educational and housing developments in South Reno. Instead, commissioners listened to hours of specific comments regarding one possible component of the overall plan - gaming.
Station Casinos out of Las Vegas owns 88 acres on South Virginia and the Mt. Rose Highway right next to the Sierra Summit Shopping Center which is already in the works as part of the Redfield Plan.
But Station hasn't put a proposal on the table to actually build on that land. In spite of that, upset residents have already organized to protest the possibility of a new casino in their neighborhood. Many complained that the city never informed them that a casino could be going up. Others raised concerns about the impact of gaming on their quality of life, the possibility of more crime, decreasing property values, and taking business away from downtown casinos.
A spokeswoman for Station Casinos says the company is aware of resident concerns, and wants to work with them to develop a quality project everyone can be proud of. Station recently mailed out 20,000 information packets to South Reno residents to solicit feedback. She says they've already received 600 reply cards, 90% of them in favor of the project.