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- Andy Durling will be giving a presentation on the work done thus far with the South Virginia Complete project, a project combining South Virginia streetscaping, station development for rapid transit and street reconfiguration Tuesday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the Community Development Department, 2nd Floor Conference Room. This project extends from Liberty down to the Convention Center by Atlantis Casino. Also at this meeting will be discussion and potential recommendation to the Agency Board regarding the creation of a Downtown Maintenance District Advisory Committee to provide input and recommendations to the City Council regarding the Downtown Maintenance District.

- Spread Peace Cafe, a new cafe located in the Palladio, is applying for a liquor/cabaret license at the May12 City Council Meeting.

- Also in the May 12 meeting, the city council will discuss and potentially direct staff regarding revoking the Business Licenses of the West 2nd Street Bar and Bistro located at 118 West 2nd Street.

- The Freight House Tourism District continues to move forward with some procedural items on the agenda for both the City Council Meeting and Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board.

- A lot of downtown fans have noticed the Renovation sign on the Fitz, as well as lights on in certain parts of the Fitz and surrounding buildings. Last I heard from Fernando Leal, about three weeks ago, he had no plans for the Fitz building, but has plans for the Old Reno Casino and old Golden Phoenix casino building which stands between Sierra Street and Virginia Street, across from the Montage. There is heavy construction happening right now at the Old Reno Casino, and some light demo/removal of materials going on in the old Golden Phoenix casino portion.

- The 2nd Phase of the Roots for Wells project was a total success! 70 trees were planted by volunteers in the neighborhood between Wells and Holcomb in just a few hours.

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Posted by: JP - 5/10/2010 3:59:57 PM
Will this meeting be open to the public?

Posted by: JP - 5/10/2010 4:06:38 PM
Hey Mike I answered my own question and thought I'd share it with everyone. Called Reno Direct and they said it is open to the public. Thanks!

Posted by: Matt - 5/10/2010 5:52:59 PM
Well if Fernando has no plans for the fitz then WHY is the lights on and the renovation on the signs??

Posted by: Wiley_n_Reno - 5/14/2010 9:59:34 AM
hey Mike, do you have any opinions about the budget of $300,000 the city has to keep downtown "clean". Seems pretty expensive just to water some planters and pick up the litter. Why can't local DUI offenders do it as community service? It's been in the RGJ lately.

Posted by: Renonewbie - 5/20/2010 8:17:51 AM
So what do you all think about shutting down the Second Street bar? Seems like a trouble magnet, and getting rid of it might help out the Montage.

Posted by: remano - 5/20/2010 8:30:55 AM
Renonewbie asked: "So what do you all think about shutting down the Second Street bar?" My opnion is that I don't think it's the right solution. For one, bar owners say that most of the trouble happens out in the street, where they have no control. Second, if this bar is closed the trouble makers will just go someplace else. Finally, I don't think another empty building in the neighborhood will help the Montage or anyone else in the area, and actually could attract even more trouble. I think maybe earlier closing times and a stronger police presence should be tried.

Posted by: Anakin-Marc - 5/20/2010 2:07:34 PM
Earlier closing times would just add to the problem. When you start mandating that bars have to be closed at the same time, you'll have a bunch of partiers out on the street at the same time, and the problems we have right now will be nothing compared to what will happen then. The fact is that West Second Bar can't keep control of their customers. If it's just "people on the streets" that are out of the control of the staff at West Second, why do most of the other bars in the same area not have the same problem?

 

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