Redevelopment continues on Hymer Avenue in Sparks

Hymer Avenue was one of Sparks’ most blighted neighborhoods before Frank Lepori recognized the opportunity for renewal. The bulk of the warehouses built on the blocks off the east side of Rock were empty and dilapidated. Frank liked their close proximity to I-80 and large footprints, so he and his design-build team focused on finding renewal strategies that were affordable for the old industrial buildings.

Revisions Brewery was among the radical transformations led by the Lepori team. They converted an emptry warehouse into a state-of-the-art facility with a 4,500 sf brewery and a 17,025 sf warehouse. Support facilities include two tap rooms, two bars, two coolers, offices, a conference room, a break room and restrooms.

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Working with Founder and Owner Jeremy Warren, the Lepori team designed and delivered the $623,000 renovation in 2017. Warren and his partners invested a total of $2,000,000 with equipment and furnishings.

The first Hymer redevelopment project the Lepori team tackled was their new 33,000 sf headquarters. In 2010, they carved offices, millwork manufacturing, storage and parking from the former site of an empty warehouse. With the warehouse space remaining, they built out tenant improvements for a soccer facility and a health foods distributor.

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In 2012, the Lepori team made way for the new Refrigeration Supplies Distributor by tearing down an old warehouse to design and build what became a flagship design for RSD locations in the West. Our design build team collaborated with Jeff Gaudern, manager of the Sparks distribution center to blend the best aspects from the company’s 88 centers to create a 21,875 sf with a state-of-the-art training center, large parking lot, loading doors on the front of the building, a spacious retail showroom, meeting rooms, and a wide order counter.

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The next redevelopment was a distribution center for Tahoe Truckee Lumber in 2014. The Lepori team designed and constructed improvements needed to bring a ‘60s era building up to code and structural integrity. Lepori designers collaborated with President Andrew Cross to tailor an extensive racking system to hold the center’s lumber. The team also developed a showroom and door shop.

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“It's great to see several long-time industrial neighbors on Hymer working to improve their facilities,” noted Frank Lepori. “Hymer Avenue is bright and bustling again, which has a positive impact on the redevelopment of Sparks. You couldn’t ask for a better location.”