Renovation of former blighted Kings Inn nearly complete, apartments to open next week

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The new apartment building in downtown Reno, 3rd Street Flats, will officially open to tenants next week. Renters can begin moving into the apartments Tuesday, Dec. 27, after construction workers finish the final touches in getting the building ready.

It's considered a major milestone for downtown Reno and the former Kings Inn, which was a blighted and vacant hotel-casino on West 3rd Street for three decades.

Developers have spent the last two years stripping the building to it's core and building it back up into a modern, tech-friendly apartment building complete with a pool, gym, pet park and spa, and lounge.

"Everything in this building is designed for the future. Everything is pre-wired to be ahead of its game as far as technology is concerned," said Eugene Lee, property manager for 3rd Street Flats.

The additions in technology can be as simple as USB plugs built in to all apartments, to LED lights and package concierge.

For Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, the apartment building represents much more than new housing in downtown Reno.

The blighted Kings Inn was an eyesore for many people in downtown Reno, including Mayor Schieve.

"I think this shows the magnitude of the dedication that we have people in this community who are willing to go out there and take properties such as the Kings Inn, that was so dilapidated, and turn it into a huge, significant project for our city," said Schieve.

The project has been a collaboration between Bentar Development and Basin Street Properties. The 94 rental units are located on floors two through seven and consist of one- and two-bedroom plans. The building also features 9,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

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