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Developers Working on New Homes in South Reno

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You may have noticed some empty fields turning into busy construction areas in South Reno. It's been seeing some expansion in recent months.

Many people who live in the Damonte Ranch area have seen it evolve quite a bit in recent years, whether it's people buying homes, or crews starting construction on new developments.

"When I moved in across the street, there was a field," said Eileen Gurko, a resident.

Several developers are working in south Reno, including Di Loreto Homes of Nevada.

"Our La Casata project is an all single-story home project," said Thomas Di Loreto, the company's president. "We have 147 total units to build out here, and we've got a lot of good response."

The company has been working on projects in the area for more than 20 years. They're also the first certified "green home builders" in Nevada through the National Association of Home Builders. The green homes are built to include environmental considerations and resource efficiency. Di Loreto says it's been a topic of discussion among those looking to buy a home in the area.

"People are very interested," he said. "It comes up all the time, and they're glad to hear that people are concerned about the environment and being a part of that movement."

He says work slowed down when the recession happened, but then it started picking back up recently.

"The economy seems to be picking up," Di Loreto said. "There's been a pent up demand for quite awhile that's been sitting back. Interest rates have started to click up a little bit, and I think that makes a difference, and people are starting to notice that."

He says his business has started to see improvements as our economy continues to recover.

"It's certainly putting people back to work," Di Loreto said. "We've been able to add quite a few jobs, not only for the construction trades, but we increased office staff."

A number of residents told us they welcome the construction and the new developments because of what it brings to the area.

"It's great that the new construction is happening after years of the economic downturn," said Richard Hebron. "I expected it to happen quicker, and it's good to see the expansion going on."

"I think it's going to be great for the economy of Reno," Gurko said. "I also think it helps my home gain some values. So, I'm pretty excited about it."

We also talked with a few people who were somewhat against the new developments, but they didn't want to go on camera. They said they may not get the quiet atmosphere that appealed to them when they first moved here.








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