Growth and development continues in Downtown Sparks

Sparks, Nev. (KOLO) -- As the growth moves forward, officials say they are incredibly grateful for the new businesses but also those longstanding ones that survived the recession.

Ward 4 City Councilwoman Charlene Bybee says the progression is expansive. The focus is not to make downtown sparks your stop for just the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off or special events.

"To see the development, the economic impact it has, but more importantly a place for visitors and locals alike to come hang out and say...let's go down to Victorian Square District and go to the movie, people don't know the movie theatre is open, let’s go have a glass of wine," Councilwoman Bybee states.

Engine 8 Urban Winery, the re-modeled Galaxy Theatre and Golden Rotisserie make up the hub of the plaza here in the Victorian District. Not to mention new housing options, which is a major headache for Northern Nevada, as Bybee details, “Its critical because we can't build fast enough and with supply and demand...the problem is there hasn't been the supply and we have a higher demand with the amount of people coming here for jobs and the increase in our economy but we need more housing.”

She says she's hopeful prices level off and eventually drop, adding, “We're bringing in more companies with higher wages because we can't support companies coming in who can't pay the higher wages because people can't afford to live here.”

The multi-million dollar Nugget Event Center has been rocking! It is only 3 months old and was built in record time. A lot more parking options are available too. This is an all hands on deck initiative. The city is doing its part, and private developers Bybee says are building and securing locations...fast!

"Those aren't challenges, those are opportunities, for people to see downtown Sparks and to embrace what we're doing down here and to enjoy," Bybee says.

Not everyone will enjoy change and that's a true component of growth. But a vibrant downtown is a great sign of a dynamic city.

We’re told city leaders will be using redevelopment dollars for its upcoming streetscape project, to Re-model sidewalks, benches and lighting the trees in Victorian Square as well. That'll begin as nearby construction wraps up.

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