Though visibility might be a drawback, the Tech Center would be a good place for KVMR, started in 1978 with a growing volunteer group and loyal followers. The 44-acre office park has one-of-a-kind amenities such as fiber optic communications lines to each building, wireless internet access throughout the park and on-site cell tower.
It sits on one-half acre of permanent forested open space. Tech Center developer Robert Upton is well respected in the commercial real-estate business. The Tech Center’s tenants also include 2Wire, which makes broadband products.
The discussion about relocating has been a priority with KVMR’s board for some time. “Closed session at 8:00 p.m. to discuss real estate. The board concluded closed session 8:33 p.m.,” according to the minutes of the latest board meeting on March 22.
Over the years, KVMR moved from Banner Mountain to Miners Foundry in Nevada City. It moved to its present location at 401 Spring Street and expanded to all three floors.
“Today the building and technical capacity is woefully inadequate for the desired quality and scope of programming, services and community functions performed by KVMR,” according to a strategic planning document. “As KVMR moves beyond its 30th year of broadcasting, the need for a new facility is apparent.”
Though some business and civic leaders have worried KVMR might move out of Nevada City, its board, volunteers and listeners are strongly bonded to the city. Most of them are more worried about whether Grass Valley Group, which is up for sale, will stay put.
Historically, KVMR has always been a “people powered” community radio station. KVMR signed on the air with a handful of volunteers. Throughout the years, KVMR’s volunteer group has grown to more than 150 qualified broadcasters and more than 750 non-broadcast, community-based volunteers, according to the document.