Sparks City Council Meeting 9/28/2020 2:00:00 PMMeeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/95329166320
Meeting Dial-in #: 1-669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 953 2916 6320
General Business: 9.9
Total Costs: $60,000.00
Fund: Victorian Square Rm Tax CP Fund Account: 604020
Program: 1415 Victorian Square - Design of Nuggest Events Center (21-2102)
Amount: $60,000.00 Budget Status: Budget Exists
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
This professional services contract is to engage the Gensler firm to develop a schematic design to functionally and aesthetically enhance the public area adjacent to the south side of the Nugget Events Center. The proposed contract amount is $60,000.
The most appropriate source of funding for construction of this possible project is Lodging Tax proceeds. The City Council may expend these proceeds after obtaining the “advice and recommendations” of the Sparks Tourism Facility and Revitalization Steering Committee (“Committee”), which is comprised of five members, including, currently, Mayor Lawson and Councilmember Bybee. Lodging Tax proceeds must be used for projects and capital improvements that are intended to attract and expand tourism and are located in Victorian Square or elsewhere within the Town Center Redevelopment Area, if the project or capital improvement provides a direct benefit to a project or capital improvement located within Victorian Square.
The Committee is required to maintain a master plan (the “Victorian Square Master Plan”) that identifies: (a) proposed projects or capital improvements in Victorian Square, or that would provide a direct benefit to Victorian Square, that the Committee has determined would be advisable to promote tourism in Washoe County; and (b) method(s) pursuant to which the proposed projects and capital improvements identified in the plan will be financed.
A schematic design and cost estimate are necessary for asking the Committee to add this possible project to the Victorian Square Master Plan and adopt a resolution advising the City Council to expend Lodging Tax proceeds for project construction. The proposed contract engages Gensler to initially develop up to three design concepts for the Project Area. Per the scope of services (refer to Professional Services Contract, Attachment A), final deliverables would include a schematic site plan, a programming capacity study, schematic elevations, and identification of primary landscaping, ground treatment and furnishings materials for a preferred alternative. The City’s engineering staff will then utilize the schematic design to develop a cost estimate for the project.
Gensler is currently also undertaking a re-design of Victorian Square plaza that will serve as the basis for amending the Victorian Square Development Plan, a component of the Town Center Redevelopment Plan. The Gensler principal leading the the Sparks projects is Nate Cherry, who co-led the preparation of the original (2005) Victorian Square Development Plan in his previous capacity with the firm RTKL.
- Council can approve the contract as recommended by staff.
- Council could modify the terms of the contract, subject to Gensler’s concurrence.
- Council could reject the contract and provide direction to the City Manager.
I move to approve professional services contract (AC-5695) with Gensler, in the amount of $60,000, for development of a schematic design to enhance the public area adjacent to the south side of the Nugget Events Center.
01 - Project Area Vicinity Map.pdf
02- Gensler Contract-Plaza Forecourt Concepts.pdf