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Reno community fights over downtown demolition, revitalization

Posted at 7:28 PM, Apr 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-01 22:31:20-04

A controversial demolition of a series of aging motels is proving to be a focal point in an evolving fight over downtown Reno's future.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports elected officials and some business owners hope for the revitalization of a part of town many people think is gross and scary, while historic preservationists fear an out-of-state developer's vague redevelopment plans will destroy homes and Reno's history.

Colorado-based gambling and hospitality company, Jacobs Entertainment, started buying and demolishing properties last year on six downtown city blocks to pave the way for a new "Fountain District."

Jacobs plans to revitalize the area to include fountains, retail, parking garages and eventually housing to accompany existing casinos.