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Reno officials deny permit for proposed pizza parlor, nightclub after resident outcry

The old Scolari's grocery store at Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive, vacant for over a decade, is pictured on September 6, 2017.

After hearing from several residents opposed to the project, Reno city planning officials denied a special use permit Wednesday to a developer looking to build a pizza parlor/nightclub in a vacant grocery store.

Planning commissioners unanimously voted against the proposed 'Clockwork Pizza Loft,' which would've filled some of the old Scolari's grocery store building on Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive.

Clockwork Pizza Loft would've been a 24-hour restaurant with a bar and possibly a nightclub. Several slot machines were proposed as well, prompting one man to compare it to a Dotty's gambling hall.

Nearby business owners and residents largely opposed the concept at Wednesday night's meeting, many of them pointing out that Anderson Elementary School is less than a quarter mile away.

"To me this is detrimental to the entire neighborhood. A school zone is approximately 75 feet away. 75 feet away," said Peter Krup, owner of Swill Coffee and Wine.

"Let them take it to Virginia Street or downtown, but we are a residential neighborhood (which) is about family, about kids," said Charles, who lives across the street at the Ala Moana apartments.

Aaryn Walker has owned furniture store Red Chair, located adjacent to the empty grocery store, for about six years. She said she welcomes new development in the neighborhood, but didn't want this project.

"It's desperate for new life and attention."

Walker said that in the past, bounce houses and farmers' markets have been tossed around as possible ideas for the parcel.

"There's a number or businesses that would love to have that space. It's not going to be a challenge to rent that space."

Planning commissioners said the developer can appeal their decision, but it wasn't immediately clear if they would.


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