The South Carson Complete Streets Project is part of a series of roadway corridor improvement projects planned by the City, intended to accommodate sustainable economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Carson City by providing safer travel opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, as well as creating a more aesthetically pleasing and inviting gateway into Nevada’s State Capital. The overall project includes complete streets improvements from Fifth Street to 1,400 feet north of the Carson City I-580 Freeway terminus (Appion Way), as well as significant upgrades and expansion to critical utility infrastructure along the corridor.
The downtown corridor improvements broke ground March 7, 2016 and within only eight months of construction Carson Street received major water and sewer utility replacement. In addition, the improvements enabled accessibility to all user types, and enhanced the downtown charm to encourage tourism. The downtown corridor improvements extended to Curry Street from Musser Street to Robinson Street, as well as beatification improvements for five east-west downtown streets between Carson Street and Curry Street. The grand re-opening of Curry Street was hosted on October 26, 2018 in conjunction with the Downtown Business Association Passport to Downtown.
The Carson Street construction broke ground on March 7, 2016 and finalized construction the day before the Nevada Day parade on October 28, 2016. The Carson Street improvements are to be paid with the one-eighth-percent sales tax adopted in April 2014. With that funding stream, the City was able to take advantage of historically low interest rates and issued $13,600,000 in bonds to pay for the Downtown Corridor, the Athletic Center and the Animal Shelter. The one-eighth-percent sales tax costs a household $12.50 for every $10,000 in taxable purchases. It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of all sales tax revenues is paid by non-Carson City residents. Water and sewer lines in Carson Street—which were more than 50 years old and overdue for replacement—were replaced using Utility funds that are budgeted for such projects. Construction on the corridor continued with Curry Street improvements which hosted the grand re-opening in October of 2018.
The animal services building replaced the previous shelter on Butti Way. The new building is approximately 10,955 square feet, located on Airport Road. It can accommodate 134 dogs, 104 cats, seven exotics, and will have two corrals for large animals in the near future. The new facility includes, adoption meet-and-greet areas, play areas and a spay/neuter clinic. The Nevada Humane Society is managing the facility. The Nevada Humane Society successfully provides a no-kill community to Carson City and proudly maintains effective programs to rehabilitate and enhance the quality of life for all animals.
The Multi-Purpose Athletic Center or MAC is a 33,418 square foot building with a huge elevated running and walking track and two collegiate size basketball courts that can be converted to smaller courts for tournaments or volleyball. The MAC is a great addition to our city and is located just south of the Boys and Girls Club on Russell Way.