One of the largest animal research facilities in the country will open
this fall in the heart of the Truckee Meadows, and the only planning
approval required -- a special use permit -- did not go to the Reno
The Reno Planning Commission approved Charles River Laboratories' new
450,000-square-foot, preclinical research center at 6995 Longley Lane
adjacent to residential property in February 2006.
Since no one filed an appeal, that stood as the final decision. The
same thing occurred when a new minor league baseball stadium was
approved in downtown Reno in August.
Animal rights protesters have been at the Reno site in recent months.
"I'm totally against it because of the animal testing they do," said
Tania Tavcar, who lives nearby. "Every day I drive by that place, I
feel like I'm driving by a pet cemetery. I may move. But I'm going to
stay here and fight for a while."
"I don't think people realize what's happening in the middle of town,"
said Florence Abel, 78, a resident of the Quail Manor Court senior
complex, northwest of the building. "I don't think what they are doing
is illegal, but it's immoral."