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The companies behind the Lakeridge Tennis Club redevelopment have donated “tens of thousands of dollars” in exercise equipment to the former fitness facility, which has been the subject of community efforts to save the property.

Developer Reno Land Inc. and Newport Beach, California partner, Lyon Living, donated the fitness equipment to two local entities, The Village on Sage Street and Reno Ice. The Village on Sage Street offers dorm-style homes to low-income people in the community. Reno Ice is a nonprofit that leads the effort to build The Jennifer M. O’Neal Community Ice Arena.

“We are proud to support projects like this in Nevada that work equally hard to create spaces essential to the growth of our community,” said Joel Grace, vice president of Reno Land.

The donation of equipment, along with the start of demolition work on Lakeridge’s tennis courts, is also an exclamation point at the end of Reno’s longstanding estate.

In 1986, 16-year-old Andre Agassi won his first professional tournament, the Nevada State Open, at Lakeridge Tennis Club. However, by 2009, the owner of the Lakeridge estate – including the Lakeridge Apartments – received a notice of default of $ 36.95 million during the Great Recession. The announcement was made just a few months after then-owner Eastside Investment Co. had received approval from Reno City Council for a plan to build 269 new apartment buildings in the southwest corner of Plumas and McCarran on more than 16 acres of land.

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The troubled property was eventually taken over by Reno Land, who released his own redevelopment plans to create an active senior living community in Lakeridge. Although the developer initially indicated that he intended to preserve and remodel Lakeridge’s fitness facilities, Reno Land changed his plans earlier this year and filed for scrapping, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and competition from nearby fitness facilities.

Community members filed a formal complaint against the changed plans, but the city approved Reno Land’s request. Lakeridge Tennis Club closed its doors on March 29.

Reno Ice, which broke ground at the South Valleys Regional Sports Complex at Wedge Parkway in southern Reno this spring, will use the donated training equipment for training. The machines will be used by ice hockey players, figure skaters and other users of the Jennifer M. O’Neal Community Ice Arena once the project is completed.

The donated equipment was also installed in the common areas of The Village on Sage Street.

“This donation to The Village on Sage Street will help accommodate residents who may not otherwise have access to a gym,” said Devin McFarland, The Village on Sage Street’s community administrator.

Jason Hidalgo handles business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal and also reviews video games to boot. Follow him up Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Do you like this content? Support local journalism with a RGJ digital subscription.

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