Construction has begun on a new mall just south of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
The Airway Commerce Center will serve as an employment hub with space for offices, warehousing distribution, light manufacturing and showrooms.
The center, which is being developed by Tolles Development Co., will span approximately 893,000 square feet when complete. Tolles Development is the same developer behind projects such as Sticks in Midtown Reno and The Village at Rancharrah.
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The Airway Commerce Center is located in the old Home Gardens neighborhood just south of Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Tolles will lease the land from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.
Daren Griffin, CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, pointed to neighborhood revitalization as a key reason to support the project.
“There are many benefits to this project, including the potential to enhance security around the airport,” Griffin said in a statement.
“The primary goal of the FAA and airports is to provide the safest and most efficient airspace possible, and we are excited to do this not only through the Airway Commerce Center project, but also to support the local businesses and create an updated space for people who live and work in Reno-Tahoe.
The area around the airport has also seen its share of controversy, including the city’s 2005 abandonment of several streets west of the airport on Rewana Farms as part of Reno-Tahoe expansion plans. International.
The Airway Commerce Center is located on a different plot just south of South McCarran Boulevard and has nothing to do with Rewana Farms, which is located north of Peckham Lane, according to Tolles Development. The developer added that it chose the location to support smart urban development.
“Airway Commerce Center is an infill project, creating a new employment hub without spreading or further stretching the area’s resources,” said Par Tolles, CEO of Tolles Development.
“Airway Commerce Center workers won’t have to travel long distances, and businesses that choose Airway Commerce Center as their new location will be close to the facilities and services they need every day.
In response to concerns about the fate of existing trees on the property, Tolles says he plans to further expand tree cover on the site. The developer added that many of the 185 trees on the property are in poor health, but he plans to keep as many healthy trees as possible. It will also provide new landscaping with an emphasis on promoting water efficiency and drought tolerance, as well as a walking path and outdoor amenities.
Airway Commerce Center tenants are expected to be a mix of small and medium sized businesses. The companies are expected to provide around 350 jobs once the installation is complete.
“Small businesses may not make all the headlines, but they provide good jobs for thousands of Northern Nevadans,” Tolles said.
Construction of the Airways Commerce Center is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024.
Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and also reviews the latest video games. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Do you like this content ? Support local journalism with an RGJ digital subscription.