Sierra Arts move delayed until fall

The Riverside Artist Lofts has been open since October, and its 35 apartments are now filled. But Sierra Arts, the organization that helped turn the former hotel-casino into an artist haven, hasn’t joined its artist-tenants yet.

The arts advocacy group had planned to move in by this spring but is now looking at late September or early October, according to executive director Jill Berryman.

Berryman said Sierra Arts’ current home at 200 Flint St. is still waiting for a buyer or lessee. She said there have been offers, but nothing concrete just yet. The building, listed on the market at $595,000, has been Sierra Arts’ home for the past 10 years, she said.

Once a buyer has been secured, Sierra Arts will move into a first-floor space on the south wing of the building. Their offices will be located on a mezzanine above the first floor. The building also has room for additional retail or office space.

“We’ve had a quite a few letters from some retail and office people who are interested, so things are moving,” she said.

Until then, Sierra Arts will prepare for Artown and sponsor the Truckee River Fish Market art installation and the Sierra Folklife Festival.