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Bob McFadden Plaza Is Finished
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After months of construction, the first part of the downtown Carson City rebirth project is open. The grand opening for the Bob McFadden Plaza was held this morning, and a celebration, with craft booths and a concert, is happening all day. This public plaza replaces Third Street between Carson and Curry, ripping out the old […]  more...

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After months of construction, the first part of the downtown Carson City rebirth project is open. The grand opening for the Bob McFadden Plaza was held this morning, and a celebration, with craft booths and a concert, is happening all day. This public plaza replaces Third Street between Carson and Curry, ripping out the old asphalt and parking spaces for concrete, planters, a stage and a splash pad. It takes a part of town that has been slowly improving over the last 20 years and makes it into a true heart of downtown, a public area that is going to be used for decades to come.

The plaza is named after Bob McFadden, who first remodeled the St. Charles Hotel in the 1990s, kicking off this Third Street revitalization. We’ve been watching the construction of this plaza for most of the year now, so let’s take a tour and see what the finished product looks like.

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Where once there was a street, now there is an open air area for the public to gather.

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Recycle bins and compacting trash cans have been installed by Waste Management.

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The new stage includes a metal canopy and steps leading up the front of the stage, as well as a wheelchair/equipment ramp in the back.

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A wide expanse of brick and concrete replaces the old street, with new light poles and landscaping lining the edges.

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The splash pad in the shadow of the St. Charles provides kids (and some adults) with a place to play and cool off in the summer sun. When not in use, the fountain fades into the concrete and this area is just another part of the plaza

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New siding has been put up on the buildings on the north side of the plaza. The metal shingles apparently were rescued from Stewart Indian School and are over 100 years old.

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Several new planters provide landscaping and shade along the edge of the plaza.

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The Pony Express monument has been relocated to this planter in front of Mom and Pops, from its old location on the street corner nearby.

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The Firkin and Fox outdoor patio has been rebuilt and integrated as part of the plaza, while still remaining separate through the use of landscaping and a low wall.

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Looks like the splash pad overflows a little, into the center of the plaza. But the sidewalk here was designed with drainage in mind.

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I think this is an excellent addition to downtown Carson City, and it’s just a small hint of what awaits us along the rest of the Carson Street corridor when the remaining construction is finished this fall. Everything is turning out as great as I imagined it would. It’s exciting to see these changes finally happening after 10+ years of planning!

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Third Street Plaza Construction
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The Bob McFadden Plaza is set to open in 2 weeks, so it’s good to see them making quick progress on it. This project has permanently closed Third Street between Carson and Curry to convert it into a public plaza, and it includes a dedicated stage for the Friday night concerts they usually have here […]  more...

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The Bob McFadden Plaza is set to open in 2 weeks, so it’s good to see them making quick progress on it. This project has permanently closed Third Street between Carson and Curry to convert it into a public plaza, and it includes a dedicated stage for the Friday night concerts they usually have here during the summer.

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Another feature is the splash pad, seen here in the shadow of the St Charles Hotel. A splash pad is basically a water fountain that kids (and adults) can run and play in, which becomes just another part of the sidewalk when the water is turned off.

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Most of the curbs and planters are finished. A low wall, matching the landscaping walls they are putting along Carson Street, separates the Firkin and Fox outdoor patio from the rest of the plaza.

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The sidewalks have already been poured along the buildings on the north side of the plaza. Visitors to these businesses, including Mom and Pops and Bella Fiore, have had to dodge construction walls for months now.

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It looks like the shops here are getting a facelift as well. New decorative rock is slated to go in on the walls.

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One tree was saved, it looks like. The others along here didn’t make it. But lots of new trees are going into the new planters.

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The concrete for the stage is all done but now they have to go vertical.

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The new Firkin and Fox patio was one of the first parts of the project finished, so that the restaurant could get back to normal operation quickly.

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The way I understand how splash pads work, the water jets are supposed to be flat on the sidewalk. I’m hoping these pipes are just sticking up because it’s unfinished and things will be different when it’s all done.

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The concrete in front of the stage has been poured. They have quite a bit more to pour over the next 2 weeks!

They are making quick progress here. The next 2 pictures are from exactly one week ago, and show how much concrete work has been done in 7 days. The pressure is on now! There’s a grand opening concert scheduled for July 30th. Looks like they’re on track to be done by then if they keep up this pace.

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308 N. Curry
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Years ago I identified the Citibank building at 308 N. Curry as one of Carson City’s worst eyesores. Not that there weren’t uglier buildings around town, but its location at Curry and Telegraph, right in the middle of downtown and the historic district, was a particular affront. I called it out in 2007 as something […]  more...

Years ago I identified the Citibank building at 308 N. Curry as one of Carson City’s worst eyesores. Not that there weren’t uglier buildings around town, but its location at Curry and Telegraph, right in the middle of downtown and the historic district, was a particular affront. I called it out in 2007 as something that was particularly in need of renovation, and in 2008 I echoed the call of others to tear it down and build something better on the site. But that was before the economic downturn, which put a lot of potential projects on hold, and so the old Citibank had sat neglected and forgotten ever since then.

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Until this year. Last year the plans to renovate the building saw new life. The Hop and Mae Adams Foundation started getting serious about remodeling it to include retail, residential and office space. Work started to strip the 50-year-old structure down to its bones, but the more they tore into it the more problems they ran into. Finally they made the decision that renovation was too much trouble, and it was time to tear it down instead. So in January they did just that.

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Ever since January the site has sat empty. The basement of the building is still there, and the foundation, but the walls were demolished down to ground level. A groundbreaking was held last month, and concept art has been released, showing what the new building is going to look like. It sounds like they are committed to seeing this project through, so hopefully construction will start soon, and this corner can finally contribute to the beauty of Carson City.

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More Sidewalks
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I got out this weekend to look at how they’re coming with the sidewalks downtown. The sidewalks north of Robinson are basically done, so let’s look a bit south, between Robinson and Musser. Here the sidewalks are in varying stages of doneness, from dirt and pouring curbs to creating the landscaping walls to being just […]  more...

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I got out this weekend to look at how they’re coming with the sidewalks downtown. The sidewalks north of Robinson are basically done, so let’s look a bit south, between Robinson and Musser. Here the sidewalks are in varying stages of doneness, from dirt and pouring curbs to creating the landscaping walls to being just about finished.

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Near Musser the curbs and gutters haven’t even been poured yet, the dirt is just being prepped.

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Further north between Proctor and Spear the curbs and gutters are in, and at some corners the landscaping walls are going up.

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They are doing extra special work at Telegraph and Carson, with larger bulb-out sidewalks and walls creating a distinctive corner.

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They are also putting bulb-outs at Carson and Spear. Probably all of these minor side streets along this stretch will end up having them, since the streets are one-way anyway.

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This tree seems like it is being saved as the sidewalk takes shape around it.

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And here between Robinson and Spear we have the first finished parking spot. On-street parking coming back to Carson Street has been a component of this project since it was first dreamed up over a dozen years ago. The plan has changed over the years, though, as the idea of people blocking traffic as they tried to parallel park seemed to cause more problems than it solved. They worked around this by making the parking spaces longer, so they could be pull-in-pull-out spots. They also reduced the number of spots to make more room for landscaping. The end result is that there’s not very much on-street parking on Carson Street at all, only a couple dozen spots along the whole stretch. The parking will look like this, concrete aprons to make it distinctive from the road. The curbs are angled to allow cars to just pull in and pull out, and this spot looks like it can probably hold 2 cars. And even where there’s a parking spot, the sidewalks are still wider than they used to be before construction started.

They keep on going, and we should see the sidewalks along this part of the road coming together quickly this month.

Penguin Burger Then and Now
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1990s It seems like every small town has the local hangout, the place where kids and adults alike can go, grab something to eat, and kill some time with friends. 20th century Carson City had a few contenders for the title – the Pine Cone Cafe and Carousel Drive-In among them. But probably the winner, and […]  more...


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It seems like every small town has the local hangout, the place where kids and adults alike can go, grab something to eat, and kill some time with friends. 20th century Carson City had a few contenders for the title – the Pine Cone Cafe and Carousel Drive-In among them. But probably the winner, and the one still most fondly remembered today, is the Penguin Burger.


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The Penguin was located at the corner of Carson and Sophia. As the sign says, they served burgers, tacos, hot dogs, and a variety of ice cream. In a town that was increasingly being dominated by fast food chains, the Penguin stood out as serving excellent food made with local recipes and fresh ingredients. Facebook is full of reminisces about the Penguin, and everyone remembers it as having the best burgers, the best tacos, the best ice cream.

The Penguin has a long history on this corner, before it was even called by that name.  A newspaper article claims it first opened in 1952 as a Dairy Queen. Later Dairy Queen moved south to the corner of Fifth and Carson and this place was rechristened the Dairy Kone. They even repurposed the Dairy Queen sign, attaching a piece of sheet metal with the word “Kone” to the old sign. As the Dairy Kone it shows up in the background of several other old pictures of that part of town. In one undated photo it even looks abandoned. Sometime later, not sure what year but probably in the late 60s or very early 70s, it was rechristened as the Penguin, and the same old sign was repurposed again. They kept the giant ice cream cone on the roof but replaced the one on the sign with the Penguin mascot.

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But nothing lasts forever. In 1997 the Penguin closed for good. There were hopes of someone else picking up the building and reopening, but those were dashed when the building was torn down and paved over a couple of years later. Still to this day that corner remains as nothing more than overflow parking for the gas station next door. Occasionally you’ll see a food truck parked on the corner, but mostly driving by just brings fond memories and sadness for what was lost.

In the summer of 2016 that corner is full of cones of a different sort, construction cones as new sidewalks are put in and the street repaved. Rumors abound on Facebook that the owners of the AM/PM want to capitalize on the nostalgia and are planning on rebuilding the Penguin, but it’s hard to tell if that’s just wishful thinking. For now all we have are 20-year-old memories of a neon penguin beckoning us to a place we can never again visit.

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Downtown Sidewalks and Paving
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In my last look at the construction happening downtown, I finished by saying that they needed to pick up the pace if they expected to finish the entire road in less than 5 months. Well after I said that they indeed did pick up the pace! At that point the new sidewalks only stretched from […]  more...

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In my last look at the construction happening downtown, I finished by saying that they needed to pick up the pace if they expected to finish the entire road in less than 5 months. Well after I said that they indeed did pick up the pace! At that point the new sidewalks only stretched from William to Robinson, and only on one side of the street.  In the three weeks since then they not only dug up and built the sidewalks on the opposite side of the street, they put down new pavement all the way from William to Robinson as well. Plus they have begun building the sidewalks south of Robinson. The month of June has been very productive, and I’m feeling better about the prospects of them hitting their deadline. Let’s take a look.

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The biggest news is the newly paved street. This stretch of Carson was closed for three days while they tore out the old asphalt, regraded the streets, and laid down a new layer of fresh asphalt. They are going to put down 2 layers of asphalt in total, and only the first one is done for now. I assume they’re saving the final layer for when the road is all done, and they’ll lay it down in one big job. So for now the road surface looks a little rough but the finished pavement should look much better.2016-06-26 016

The other big news is the sidewalk on the east side of the street. They have made quick work of this, completely tearing out the old and laying down the new in only about 2 weeks. It’s not finished yet, there are still decorative bricks to install on some of the corners, and south of Ann the sidewalks themselves are still under construction. Only the curbs were in place to allow the asphalt to be laid down.

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Sidewalks are still being constructed in front of the Children’s Museum.

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The new pavement is in place even where the sidewalks are still dirt.

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They are preserving the trees along this part of the street, even in the middle of all the construction. This is good to see. New trees and bushes are part of the plan for all the landscaping planters along the street, but it’s still good to see that they’re not tearing out tress that don’t need to be removed.

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South of Robinson sidewalk construction has begun, but only on the west side of the street.

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North of Robinson the sidewalks along the west side of the street are completely finished, though this corner at the State Museum is still roped off. It must still be curing.

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The sidewalk bulges out at the State Museum as a way of integrating it with the public plaza that is already here.

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Past the museum the sidewalks are open to foot traffic, with only a few cones here and there to remind you that this is still an active construction zone.

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The landscaping will be one of the last things done in the project, but already the light poles have been installed along the finished part of the sidewalk.

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There’s now 4 months until Nevada Day, but with how much they’ve managed to get done in the last 3 weeks I think they’re right on track to get everything finished on time!

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Third Street Plaza Construction
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The Third Street Plaza project is coming along very nicely. Third Street is being permanently closed to make way for a public plaza with a stage and a fountain for kids to play in. Planters are being constructed along the north end of the street here. On the south end they are reconstructing the patio […]  more...

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The Third Street Plaza project is coming along very nicely. Third Street is being permanently closed to make way for a public plaza with a stage and a fountain for kids to play in.

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Planters are being constructed along the north end of the street here.

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On the south end they are reconstructing the patio for Firkin and Fox, A new wall, which matches the low landscaping walls along the rest of the downtown corridor, has been built as part of the patio.

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They are keeping the sidewalks open so patrons can access the shops and restaurants along the north end of the street. Even after the concrete has been torn out, the dirt sidewalk is still open.

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The stage at the south end is taking shape. This stage will be used for the Friday night concerts that have been taking place on Third Street for several years.

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Third Street is supposed to be open before the rest of the downtown project, but it looks like they still have some work left to do.

Carson City Freeway Construction
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Work has been going very steady on the last stretch of the Carson City freeway. This final phase has been in progress for a very long time. First they built a bridge at Koontz, then they built a bridge at Clearview, then they built a bridge at Snyder. Each of the bridges took a year […]  more...

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Work has been going very steady on the last stretch of the Carson City freeway. This final phase has been in progress for a very long time. First they built a bridge at Koontz, then they built a bridge at Clearview, then they built a bridge at Snyder. Each of the bridges took a year to build. Now they are building the roadbed to go under all these bridges. For many months they have been scooping out dirt and sending it up the hill on a conveyor belt. Even with the wet winter we had I don’t think I saw them stop work for more than a few days at a time.

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But now it seems like the majority of the earthmoving is done and they can actually start on laying down gravel for the roadbed itself. Here under the Snyder bridge the freeway will be at ground level so they didn’t have to dig down much. But the two travel lanes are very well defined.

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The road is headed to the intersection of 395 and 50, at the bottom of Spooner grade. They are not building the overpass at this junction yet, so the freeway will just end in a stoplight.

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To the left you can see the on ramp from 395, coming north from the Carson Valley. To the right are the 4 travel lanes going to and from Tahoe, and Carson City to the north.

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From 395 looking east, you can see the on ramp and the freeway travel lanes which are beginning to be graded. For the last year this has been where the giant dirt pile was kept as it was conveyored up the hill. Now most of that dirt is gone so they’re able to start carving out the freeway lanes and put in storm drains.

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All of this earthmoving was necessary because as the freeway travels along next to Edmonds Street it will be below grade. They had to dig down at least 20 feet here to put the freeway in a trench. The bridges that were built years ago, at Koontz and Clearview, are now finally looking like they belong there.

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The roadbed is in place now and they’re starting to put the gravel down here too. Looking out from the bridges it actually looks like a real freeway is starting to come together.

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Near Fairview they are starting to build the soundwalls along the edge of the freeway. Even though the freeway is down in a trench, it still needs a short sound wall to keep the roar of the traffic away from the nearby houses as much as possible.

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I think there’s at least another year left before the freeway is ready to open, but after a decade and a half of construction on this thing it’s exciting to see it so close to completion!

Downtown Sidewalk Construction
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Work on the Carson Street project downtown has reached the point where some of the new sidewalks are finished. They started building sidewalks at William Street, heading south, and now they have several blocks of finished or nearly finished sidewalk to show for it. Here in front of Heidi’s at the corner of William everything […]  more...

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Work on the Carson Street project downtown has reached the point where some of the new sidewalks are finished. They started building sidewalks at William Street, heading south, and now they have several blocks of finished or nearly finished sidewalk to show for it. Here in front of Heidi’s at the corner of William everything is all done except for light poles and landscaping.2016-06-05 003 2016-06-05 007 2016-06-05 008 2016-06-05 012 2016-06-05 014

The benches/landscaping walls are all finished at several of the corners. One day these planters will be full of grass, trees and flowers. For now it’s still just dirt but they look nice anyway.

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Further down the sidewalks are a little less done, with the concrete poured but the decorative bricks not yet laid. Some sections of the sidewalk are open to foot traffic, while others are still closed off to pedestrians.

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As of Sunday the 5th, concrete had been poured as far as the State Museum. Here the walls curve a little different to create more of an entryway to the museum grounds.

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At the corner of Carson and Robinson they are still forming the rebar for the walls. Slowly they are marching down the street, with each crew doing their part and moving on to the next block.

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On most blocks the old sidewalks are still in place and open, because that’s the only way to get to many of the smaller businesses along Carson Street. Not sure how they’ll manage it when it comes time to rip them out and pour new concrete here. Some of the businesses have signs out letting everyone know they are still open despite the mess.

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South of Musser Street the asphalt is still in place. Work hasn’t gotten that far yet. Once the entire west side of the street is finished, they will start on the east side. They’re hoping to have it all done in less than 5 months for Nevada Day. Though given how long it took them to get this far, it seems like they better step up the pace!

Third Street Plaza
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The reworking of Carson Street isn’t the only construction going on downtown this summer. In a connected project, Third Street has been torn up between Carson and Curry Streets and is being replaced with a public plaza. Not only has the road been removed, but so has the outdoor seating patio for Firkin and Fox. […]  more...

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The reworking of Carson Street isn’t the only construction going on downtown this summer. In a connected project, Third Street has been torn up between Carson and Curry Streets and is being replaced with a public plaza.

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