Developer revises Genoa project to try to resolve lawsuit
GENOA, Nev. – In an effort to resolve a lawsuit pending before the Nevada Supreme Court, a developer has revised her plans for a commercial complex in this historic town.
Bettie Kanelos’ revamped plan was considered Friday at a mandatory settlement conference between Douglas County officials and lawyers for a group dedicated to preserving Genoa’s historic character.
Although no formal agreement was reached, county Manager Dan Holler said a possible compromise is in the works that would allow Kanelos to develop an inn and retail shops.
A group calling itself Support Historic Genoa, which is concerned how the project would impact the small community, filed a lawsuit to halt the development.
The revised plans will be outlined at a meeting Wednesday night in Genoa, which claims to be Nevada’s oldest town.
”We had a very positive meeting and steps are being taken to resolve the matter,” Holler said. ”If these efforts are successful, the lawsuit will go away.”
The dispute began when Kanelos proposed a 12,280-square-foot motel and retail building. The Genoa Historic District Commission balked at the size, saying the building would dwarf its neighbors.
But Kanelos now is considering two smaller buildings at the site – a move that should ease the concerns about size considerably, Holler said.
Although the buildings will be linked at the rear and the development will remain about 12,000 square feet, he said the appearance will change.
Architectural elements borrowed from period buildings reflect another big change in making the project more acceptable, he said.
Kanelos plans to seek comments from residents before submitting the plan to the historic board.
”It’s really a new project. It addresses the key concern raised by opponents,” Holler said.
”If people like what they see, a new application could be processed in 30 to 45 days.”
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