Historical Resource Commission Recommends Allowing Businesses in Caughlin Ranch House
Thursday afternoon the Reno Historical Resources Commission chose to recommend that office space and small retail stores to be allowed at the Betsy Caughlin Ranch House.
Thursday afternoon the Reno Historical Resources Commission chose to recommend that professional offices and general personal services with limited hours of operation be allowed at the Crissie Caughlin Ranch House.
At the meeting they listened to public comment, some spoke against the recommendation saying that the family only ever wanted the home to be used during the day. Concerns about traffic were also raised. Betsy Caughlin's grandnephew was among those in opposition.
The Commission ultimately decided to recommend the home be used for office space and small general personal service uses, but they included a stipulation that they are not in support of retail stores coming to the building, located at 3636 Mayberry Drive.
Earlier this year, the commission voted to recommend against changing the Caughlin Ranch house property's zoning from a recreational space and landmark to mixed residential housing.
Today's hearing was only regarding a recommendation for the use of the property, and not for the physical development of the property. The Historical Resources Commission will hear a Certificate of Appropriateness application for the proposed buildings at a future date. The Certificate must be granted to approve any work done on buildings on the City of Reno Register of Historic Places to make sure it is meeting the standards necessary to preserve the historic nature of the property.