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New learning center coming to Sparks
by Joshua H. Silavent
Sep 17, 2011 | 3346 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Greenbrae Shopping Center located at Pyramid Highway and Greenbrae Drive will be the home of the Newton Learning Center thanks to approval from the Sparks Planning Commission Thursday night.
Tribune/John Byrne The Greenbrae Shopping Center located at Pyramid Highway and Greenbrae Drive will be the home of the Newton Learning Center thanks to approval from the Sparks Planning Commission Thursday night.
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SPARKS — The vacant site that once housed a charter school and Washoe County adult education programs in the Greenbrae Shopping Center will soon become the Newton Learning Center thanks to approval from the city’s planning commission on Thursday night.

“We strongly support the learning center,” said Teresa Gardner, an activist with the Nevada Autism Community Foundation.

Gardner said that two families had already moved from out-of-state so that their autistic children could attend the Newton Learning Center, which is currently housed in the Plumas Gym in Reno.

In other news, the commission approved a one-year extension of a special-use permit granted to Olympia Gaming for the construction of a hotel-casino at the Legends at Sparks Marina shopping center.

The commission originally extended a special-use permit in September 2010 for the Legends Bay Casino Resort, which is expected to entail a gaming floor and 201-room hotel. Additional construction phases include a 330-foot tall, 600-room tower, a convention center, indoor pool, 1600-space parking area and restaurant and retail developments. Commission reports place the total build-out cost at $185 million.

But development of the casino has come as slow as the economic recovery.

The commission placed no new conditions on the developers.

Finally, the commission approved architectural elevations for the proposed Old Navy retail store at the Legends shopping center.

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