Celebration of a New Chapter for Carson City
Nevada's Capitol City is marking a major milestone. Residents and dignitaries celebrated the completion of its downtown revitalization project.
Despite the rain, a crowd gathered on the main street in front of the Capitol Building. The drizzle stopped just in time for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
Mayor Bob Crowell and Sen. Dean Heller did the honors. Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei was also there. All three grew up in Carson City and have seen lots of change, this one very positive.
Crowell said, "We're the State Capitol. This street represents what Nevada could be as it incorporates its history and the 21st century all at the same time."
The project narrows the main corridor to one lane in each direction and widens the sidewalks, making it more friendly to walk, bike, shop, play or even grab a bite to eat.
Comma Coffee is a Carson favorite for a lot of residents and despite the rain, the place was packed. Owner June Joplin said she told her staff to stay positive through the eight months of construction.
She said, "Our business last summer was like gang busters. I attribute that to being positive. I told my staff we're not going to complain about the dust, noise or trucks or whatever."
Carson City leaders recognized they needed a strategy to ensure the small locally owned businesses downtown survived after the bypass took traffic off the main route.
Robin Shriber with Kaleidoscope says the construction phase was tough, but she's thrilled about the next new chapter ahead.
She said, "It was a little difficult with all the heavy equipment parked out in front and no one could see us and when the sidewalks were torn up that was tough too."
She added, "But we hung in there and people are getting to know us and I'm so happy it's done."