Big plans are in the works for the old post office in downtown Reno. The building is empty right now but if all goes well it will soon be a hub full of upscale shops.
Developer Bernie Carter has purchased the building and he gave us an exclusive look inside.
The post office, built in 1932, is a diamond in the rough according to Carter, Who's known for spearheading the development of Reno's now bustling Midtown District.
Carter is busy working on a plan to breathe new life into a building the Postal Service decided it simply could no longer afford to maintain.
"Our vision is to make it a vital part of our community," Carter told us.
To do that, Carter and his two brothers plan to fill the main floor of the building with high end retail stores, and bring office space to the upstairs.
The original post office boxes will stay, and become part of the new decor. And eye-catching store fronts will go in right next to them. It won't be easy. Upstairs, there is extensive water damage that will have to be repaired. And the building also needs a new roof. But there's plenty of history here, right down to the hidden catwalk with tiny openings so the postmaster could secretly keep an eye on his workers back in the day.
"We're going to preserve everythign we possibly can," said Carter.
Carter says it won't take long to turn his plan into reality.
"We want to be able to have those people who come in for a bowling congress in February or March, say from Madison Wisconsin. They may not have an Hermes or Yyves St. Laurent. So those are the people we want to attract to give them those opportunities," he said.
Carter is working to finalize a plan he can submit to the city's redevelopment board.
Once that happens construction can start. He says they hope to have the building back open by spring of next year.
If you have any stories or pictures of the old post office, send them to us at news at my news 4 dot com. You can also bring to the post office on Saturday, March 9th, from 9 a.m. until Noon. Carter says they are anxious to see any old photos and hear any stories people might have collected or heard over the years.