The Reno Recreation and Parks Commission at its November 15 meeting gave its approval in a 5 to 1 vote to transfer 10,650 square feet (0.24 acres) of Brodhead Memorial Park in downtown Reno to Hokulia Holdings, LLC – a developer proposing to build 36 apartment units on both existing private property adjacent to the park and the park land to be acquired from the City. The City of Reno is an advocate for the project which now moves forward. According to Bill Dunne, Revitalization Manager for the City Manager’s Office, they were surprised by the approval, but pleased. Mr. Dunne wrote that “before any property is transferred, or any building begins, there are still multiple step [sic] in the approval process, which will allow for public input.”
During a walk around I attended with several others concerned about the loss of open space around the existing Truckee River Bike Path and walking trail, the developer stated that they were willing to work to address concerns related to replacement of trees and plants and how to better integrate the project into the remainder of the park, an adjacent alley and street while providing better access. Currently a small part of the bike path is on the developer’s property which would be transferred to the City if the transfer of the park property moves forward as proposed.
The developer during the on site walk said that they were willing to incorporate elements of the One Truckee River Management Plan recently adopted by the City of Reno as well as the City of Sparks and Washoe County.
One of my chief concerns is that if the property is transferred to the developer, how will the City of Reno be assured that the project will actually be built? Will the property revert to the City if the project isn’t built?