When TRFP concludes that a collaboration with the Flick Ranch Project will serve to accomplish their own mission along with doing a good service to this community we will need to be ready to move forward with our own mission. We're counting on the support of the many groups and individuals who have worked, lived, worshipped and attended school in the Flick Ranch Mansion along with everyone else in the community. We'll need to be ready with the financial means to transform the Flick Mansion into a viable nonprofit business. Please contact us to discuss ways we may join together to save this special building.
In the meantime, The Flick Ranch Project is dedicated to preserving this building by raising community awareness, raising funds, and making plans for acquisition. We've developed relationships with individuals and organizations with interest in partnering with us. We've submitted a business plan to the Truckee River Flood Management Authority to preserve and repurpose the Flick Mansion as a public heritage center. We acquired property insurance to hold events and maintain the property at the expensive of our nonprofit. However the Flood Project has thus far rejected our proposals.
According to the TRFP this terracing project requires the building to be removed. The TRFP and its governing board the Truckee River Flood Management Authority (TRFMA) were beginning to discuss plans to demolish the building as of August 2013.
The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is required to complete a Section 106 Review per the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Section 106 requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their actions on historic properties, explore alternatives to avoid or reduce harm to historic properties and reach an agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on any measures to deal with adverse effects. The ACE submitted its review to SHPO on 11/22/13. On 12/22/13 SHPO responded to the review and requested more work be done to determine potential effects. During the summer of 2014 we inquired to the status of the report and the USACE responded that they are unable to complete the report due to lack of funding. They also indicated that since it wasn't presently granting any federal funds to the TRFP to complete their project, a Section 106 Review was not a priority. This indicates to us that since the necessary funds aren't available to the TRFP for completing construction there appears to be no eminent need to demolish the building.
The Flick Ranch was purchased in 2007 by the Truckee River Flood Project (TRFP) for a sum of $4,100,000 for the purpose of performing construction projects on the river's banks intended to reduce the impact of flooding in the Truckee Meadows. The plan is to terrace the land where the building stands and build a levy some distance behind the building. The terraced south bank of the river running from McCarran Blvd., west to Rock Blvd. will allow flood waters to flow over the property instead of over-spilling the banks on the north side where more businesses and some residences are located. This would also alleviate flooding east and west along the river.