The whole "Ferntropolis" thing is becoming less of a joke now that the folks behind the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) have created a new industrial park in the town half an hour east of Sparks. The 5,700-acre park, combined with the 4,300-acre Victory Logistics District announced recently, means that Fernley has added enough industrial land recently to fit about half of Sparks inside. It is estimated 10,000 new jobs will result out of each of these developments.
There's a simple reason that big industrial growth is headed to Fernley and other outlying communities: Reno and Sparks are about out of land to handle new warehouses and factories.

The Victory Logistics District Project is located on both sides of Interstate 80 at the confluence of highways 95/395 (north/south) and Highway 50 in Fernley, roughly a half hour east of Reno, and is traversed by the Union Pacific main line.

"The park is particularly well situated for major manufacturing and distribution centers serving the western states," according to an property brochure from Cushman & Wakefield.

This rendering depicts the first phase of development of over 7 million sq ft of high spec Class A industrial and manufacturing buildings and other commercial uses on approximately 2500 Acres of the 4,314 Acres Victory Logistics District Project south of the I80 and north of Hwy 50.

The park offers an abundance of level build-able land with nearly no topographical constraints, excellent soils, and ample water reserved exclusively for our industrial and commercial development. All necessary zoning and public infrastructure is in place and ready to serve immediate development.

The center is home to several larger companies, including most recently Polaris, which broke ground last spring on a $47 million distribution center

President of Real Estate for Mark IV Capital Evan Slavik says, "The Reno region is so centrally-located among the west," Slavik says. "We love that you can get to 80 percent of the population on the west within one day's truck."

Slavik says they couldn't go to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, because they didn't have enough room for what they wanted to do after so many big players such as Tesla, Google, Apple, Blockchains and Switch bought land.

But this location is pretty close to TRIC, has similar highway access, and has direct Union Pacific railroad access, so Slavik says they're satisfied.  "It's business friendly, it's low tax," Slavik says. "Reno, Sparks and Fernley are all great places to live. So there's a lot of reasons why people are moving here, why companies are moving here."

Fernley City Manager Daphne Hooper says with job creation, housing development, along with commercial and retail space usually follows.  Fernley, a once-sleepy city of about 20,000 people, seems undaunted by the sudden surge of land buys and commercial construction.

Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) developer Lance Gilman, who also owns the Mustang Ranch brothel in Storey County, said the city's mayor and city manager have been "incredibly supportive" of his latest land deal. 

"Due to the proximity to TRIC and I-80, we believe this site has a huge amount of potential for industrial and tech companies," he said. "We will immediately begin marketing to companies that will be eager to call Nevada home."

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