the mid-1990's, Elko, Nevada was considered one of the
"best" small cities in America. The economy
was booming (gold mining, casinos). Elko has good schools,
numerous parks and recreational facilities, and a sense
The Copperwood Apartments were
designed for couples working in the mines and casinos.
They would typically have one or two children.
The project has 80 small two-bedroom
apartments. The density of 20 units per gross acres was
achieved with 145 on grade parking spaces.
The project design was being
reivewed by the Elko Planning Department when the gold
mining industry went into a deep slump, and the vacancy
rate in apartments skyrocketed. The project was abandoned.