5-story apartment complex OK'd for downtown Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Carson City Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a planned five-story apartment complex on Stewart Street.

The developers were seeking a special use permit to build a residential-only project in the downtown mixed-use zone, which normally requires a commercial component.

The building will be located on the 3.4-acre vacant lot at the corner of Stewart and 9th streets where Copeland Lumber once stood, next door to the Carson Mall and across the street from the Richard H. Bryan Building, which houses state offices.

The vote was 5-1, with Commissioner Paul Esswein voting no.

“I think the structure is way too large,” said Esswein during discussion of the item. “I don’t have a problem with it being a residential use. This type of project, if it were not so large, would be a perfect addition to downtown.”

Stewart Street Apartments will likely have 253 units composed of 21 studio apartments, 138 one-bedroom units, and 94 two-bedroom apartments.

It will feature a six-story parking garage with 427 parking spaces, a 7,600-square-foot sky lounge above the fifth floor, and a two-story clubhouse with gym and coffee lounge.

“It will be a nice modern, new building for Carson City,” said Louis Cariola with Manhard Consulting, a consultant on the project.

As a condition of approval, the developers will have to redo a traffic report before construction permits are issued.

“They’ll have to update the traffic study since data is not available due to current conditions,” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, said Hope Sullivan, Community Development planning manager.

According to previous reports from the Nevada Appeal, on July 1, the property was sold by Silver Lantern LLC, which is managed by The Carrington Company, the Carson Mall’s owner, to LD Carson City Stewart St LLC, based in Dallas. The applicant for the review, Pillar Income Asset Management, is also based in Dallas.

The Stewart Street site has been vacant since 2016, when the lumber building and a two-story office building there were demolished. Copeland Lumber closed in 2008 after more than 50 years in Carson City.

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