The companies behind the redevelopment of Lakeridge Tennis Club have donated “tens of thousands of dollars” worth of exercise equipment from the former fitness facility, which has been the subject of community efforts to save the property.
Developer Reno Land Inc. and Newport Beach, California-based partner Lyon Living donated the fitness equipment to two local entities, The Village on Sage Street and Reno Ice. The Village on Sage Street provides dorm-style housing to low-income individuals in the community. Reno Ice is a nonprofit organization that is leading the effort to build The Jennifer M. O’Neal Community Ice Arena.
“We are proud to support projects like these in Nevada that are working equally hard to create spaces that are essential for the growth of our community,” said Joel Grace, Reno Land vice president of development.
The equipment donation, combined with the start of demolition work on Lakeridge’s tennis courts, further puts an exclamation point to the end of the longstanding Reno property.
Back in 1986, a 16-year-old Andre Agassi won his first professional tournament, the Nevada State Open, at Lakeridge Tennis Club. By 2009, however, the owner of the Lakeridge property — which includes the Lakeridge Apartments — was served a notice of default for $36.95 million in the midst of the Great Recession. The notice was served just a few months after then-owner Eastside Investment Co. received approval from the Reno City Council for a plan to build 269 new condominiums on the southwest corner of Plumas and McCarran on more than 16 acres of land.
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The troubled property was eventually acquired by Reno Land, which released its own redevelopment plans to create an active senior living community at Lakeridge. Although the developer initially indicated that it planned to keep and remodel Lakeridge’s fitness amenities, Reno Land changed its plans earlier this year and filed a demolition permit, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and competition from nearby fitness facilities.
Community members filed a formal challenge against the change in plans but the city proceeded to approve Reno Land’s request. Lakeridge Tennis Club closed its doors permanently on March 29.
Reno Ice, which broke ground this spring at the South Valleys Regional Sports Complex by Wedge Parkway in south Reno, will use the donated exercise equipment for training. The machines will be used by ice hockey players, figure skaters and other users of The Jennifer M. O’Neal Community Ice Arena once the project is finished.
The donated equipment was also installed at the common areas of The Village on Sage Street.
“This donation to The Village on Sage Street will help to further accommodate the residents who otherwise may not have access to a gym,” said Devin McFarland, The Village on Sage Street’s community administrator.
Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and also reviews video games to boot. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Like this content? Support local journalism with an RGJ digital subscription.
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