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RHA and Jacobs Entertainment Agree to Land Swap for New Affordable Housing

The Reno Housing Authority and Jacobs Entertainment have reached an agreement that will result in the construction of a $20 million, 65-unit affordable housing development by Jacobs Entertainment.

Once completed, the new property will be transferred to RHA in exchange for Jacobs Entertainment acquiring the 60-year-old Sarrazin Arms Apartments, formally appraised as being worth $2.15 million in December 2017. “This is a win-win for both parties and for the future of Reno’s downtown,” said Hilary Lopez, Ph.D., executive director of the Reno Housing Authority. “We’re delighted that through this public-private partnership, RHA will not only be able to preserve quality affordable housing downtown, but increase the supply, as well.” The Reno Housing Authority board unanimously approved the agreement, which will provide 65 new units, including studios and one-bedroom apartments with amenities including dishwashers, ceiling fans, an on-site management office, bike storage and a community room. The deal also provides for guaranteed parking for RHA tenants.

“This is exactly what an all-inclusive effort to revitalize downtown Reno should look like,” said Jeff Jacobs,CEO of Jacobs Entertainment. “We will improve the quality and availability of affordable housing downtown while creating a path forward for future growth of the J Resort and Reno’s Neon Line District. I would like to thank the RHA board, Dr. Lopez, and her team at RHA for being great partners in this shared effort.” In keeping with the policy of the RHA board of commissioners, these new units will rent for no more than 80% of the current market rate. Every Sarrazin Arms resident in good standing at the time of construction completion will have the option to move into the new units.

The RHA board will have approval of final building design prior to being submitted for permitting. Jacobs Entertainment will cover all construction costs for the new building. The property swap option agreement extends through 2028. Jacobs Entertainment has also committed to providing financial support to relocate the existing tenants of the Sarrazin Arms Apartments to the new development. Until the new complex is completed, RHA will continue to own and provide routine maintenance and upkeep at Sarrazin Arms. RHA is the largest and longest operating affordable housing provider in northern Nevada and ensures nearly 9,000 Nevadans annually have a safe, secure, affordable place to call home.

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