Last week A&K Earth Movers were set up on Maine Street at 8 a.m. Friday morning, November 18, to continue demolition of the old Headquarters Bar and buildings south of the existing Nugget building.
For several years, Scott Tate, owner of the WCW Corporation that owns the Nugget and the Bonanza Casinos, has had general plans to eventually build a new Nugget building, tear down the old, existing Nugget building, and in that space extend a large parking lot. In 2013, the Western Motel, located just north of the current demolition was razed as phase one of the project.
“One step at a time,” said Tate this week, “it just takes time to get through the process.” He said working with permitting and the architects and engineers is time-consuming. “Everyone is really backed up right now,” he said.
Patrick Huntsman, a local historian who researches local landmarks said on Friday on social media, “Yesterday some major changes were made on the west side of Maine Street. Naturally, those abrupt changes have created mixed emotions in many. I’m posting this picture not to stir up controversy but merely as a remembrance of the old, old Fallon. The Fallon our parents and grandparents knew, a Fallon that is now lost and is irretrievable. Changes happen. And as much as we may sometimes wish it weren’t so, there’s simply no going back. But remember this: the heart and soul of a city is its people, the citizens who dwell there and call it home. Continue being a good and thoughtful neighbor. And Fallon, despite its ever ongoing and inescapable external changes, will always be a great place to live and raise a family.”
No stranger to lengthy projects, Tate owns several properties in rural Nevada, including a casino in Silver Springs, one in Fernley, and in 2007 began an impressive project in Minden, restoring the old C.O.D. Garage into what became the C.O.D. Casino, eventually opening in 2015.
Speaking of the Nugget property on Maine Street, he said, “This project is important to us, and we’re going to take our time.”
Kind of wish this demolition would have taken place after Christmas. It would have left the feeling of small town America intact through the holidays.
I sure hope they put a lounge with music and make this a fun casino giving younger and middle aged people something more to do in this town