August 31, 2014
The Reno City Council has approved land deals to move a homeless shelter and soup kitchen out of the downtown area.
For two decades, the city has been searching for a location to consolidate homeless services out of the casino core.
Under the plan approved Wednesday, the city will build new facilities on city-owned land at Fourth and Record streets to house the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission and Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada.
In exchange, the charities will give up their current locations downtown to the city's redevelopment agency.
Not everyone is happy with the deal.
The Reno-Sparks Corridor Business Association filed a lawsuit in March, seeking guarantees from the city to mitigate impacts the homeless complex will have on their businesses.
Among other things, the group wants the city to provide a 24-hour neighborhood police substation, association president Gaye Canepa said.