The Planning Commission approved certain permits needed to build a Triple-A baseball stadium in Reno Wednesday. The move puts the project closer to millions of dollars in public funding.
The commission agreed to issue special-use permits for two possible sites for the stadium -- one at 2nd and Evans and the other in the Grand Sierra Resort parking lot.
The approved permits are several needed for the project to qualify for $24 million in funding from car rental tax revenue. A consultant for SK Baseball said all the needed permits must be in-hand by October 1st to be eligible.
If the downtown location is ultimately selected for the project, a fire station would have to be moved and an apartment complex would likely demolished. A man who spoke at Wednesday's meeting said he's lived at the apartment complex 15 years, and there are other locations to put the stadium.
Another attendee at Wednesday's meeting said the Evans and 2nd location would help bring more people into downtown than the GSR site.
There was also some concern about parking. Early plans for both the downtown and GSR sites call for 100 new spaces. The completed stadium will be able to accommodate about 10,000 people. However, public transportation is near the downtown location.
A consultant for SK Baseball says the total cost of the stadium will probably be between $40-80 million. He says SK Baseball will make a "huge" entrepreneurial investment.