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Posted by: Wiley_n_Reno - 3/7/2008 10:48:48 AM
The facade improvement seems to be dragging. Am wondering if the council will ever address the Old Mason building. Its the one next to the defunct Old Reno casino and is painted faded white. Its the oldest standing building in downtown (1870)and they should sandblast it or (ugh) remove it if its too far gone.

Posted by: Mike Van H - 3/7/2008 12:11:43 PM
Hey Wiley. It may seem like this project is dragging, but it is a pretty involved project and there are a lot of underlying steps. First they had to survey all the property owners on that block, select an architect, work with each property owner and interview them multiple times, have the architect draw up plans, etc. Then of course those plans have to go through the CAC, the HRC, possibly the Planning Commission although I am not sure on that one, and most likely the City Council. Have you ever tried to get property owners to agree on one thing? I just completed that process with the Wells Avenue Master Plan and its next to impossible. But occasionally the stars align and it happens. I briefly saw the new plans for this block, and I think all the property owners and downtowners will be happy when they see the final result as it is refined more in the coming weeks. Go to the HRC meeting and check out the presentation, if you have time to, you may be impressed.

Posted by: dave aiazzi - 3/7/2008 11:12:05 PM
The building you are referring to is owned by L3 development (Montage and Fitzgeralds). They know the historical significance.