Tallest Rock-Climbing Wall in the World? Reno Says Yes

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RENO, NV - Fitzgerald's is one step closer to an extreme makeover. Reno's City Planning Commission decided Friday night to approve a special permit allowing the world's tallest rock climbing wall to be built on the side of Fitzgerald's.

The wall, overlooking the Reno Arch, will be home to a 167-foot climbing wall.

People who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting also offered overwhelming support.

"I think that's awesome. I grew up here and it's always really hard to find stuff to do here, you know, anyone under 18, so, this is going to be awesome for people of all ages," said Allyson Stronich, a rock climber.

"It'll definitely push the outdoor adventure aspect of Reno, and hopefully encourage people to move this way, and think outside the box in terms of what the City of Reno has to offer," said Brian Sweeney, a rock climber.

Local business owners told planning commission members, it's just what downtown needs to revitalize the area.

Beyond the climbing wall, the proposed hotel would have restaurants, live music venues, and up to 347 rooms. But, unlike other large hotels, this hotel won't have a casino, or allow smoking.

If everything is approved, the hotel, to be called Comm Row, could add at least 100 construction jobs to the area, and even more jobs when the business is up and running.

Fernando Leal, the owner of the building, says he's already been talking to local contractors about work. Leal also says all of the paperwork for building permits has been submitted, they were just waiting on Friday's special permit approval for the rock climbing wall before they could move forward with the rest of the plan.