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Business involvement credited in South McCarran landscape

NNBW Staff

Businesses whose contributions helped bring landscaping of South McCarran Boulevard to a reality won praise from city and Regional Transportation Commission officials last week.

The $200,000 landscaping project was completed in recent weeks by Garden Shop Nursery’s landscaping division.

While much of the project’s cost was paid by federal funds and local fees generated by the RTC, officials noted that business participation helped move the project up their priority list.

Those contributions included cash from The Ribeiro Corp.

and Quail Partners to help pay for construction costs.

John Mayer, a Sparks city councilman who sits on the RTC board, said the commitment of Johnny Ribeiro, president of The Ribeiro Corp.

and Ed Yuill, the company’s vice president, kept the landscaping project alive.

Lakeridge Apartments and Tennis Club and its president,Nate Topol, meanwhile, offered to provide water service to the medians adjacent to its property between Plumas and Lakeside.

Other companies along the street also may contribute, RTC officials said.

“This project is a perfect example of how things can go right,” said State Sen.

Randolph Townsend last week.”I hope we use this as a model in our community.”

Sharon Zadra, a member of the Reno City Council, noted that the project long has been priority of southwest Reno neighborhoods, and residents wouldn’t let the matter drop.

“Businesses large and small have come together,” she said.”Working together,we can do anything.”