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The City of Reno has removed 68 benches from downtown using money from its blight fund. Officials say the project is in response to complaints of panhandling. 

Our reporter Bob Conrad has been covering this story for ThisisReno and says the reaction he's received from local advocates for the homeless has been overwhelmingly negative. It's also created some real questions.

The neon sign for the Golden West Motor Lodge.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Earlier this month, the Reno City Council made a controversial vote to demolish two downtown motels.

Natalie Van Hoozer takes a look at this particular case and what might be in store for Reno’s vacant buildings as the city grows.

I’m standing on Virginia Street outside of the Golden West Motor Lodge with Britton Griffith-Douglass, the president of the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association. She says that to her, the property is an eyesore.

The City Council voted for the demolition contract unanimously.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council has approved a contract to demolish two downtown motels, the Golden West Motor Lodge and the Heart o’ Town.

The owners of two blighted downtown motels have rejected an offer from a local developer to save the properties from demolition. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Developer Kelly Rae and her business partner offered the owners of the crumbling Heart o' Town and Golden West Motor Lodge motels $1.2 million dollars.

Rae says their offer was rebuffed without explanation and she wants to know why.

Demolition Of Two Downtown Reno Motels On Hold

Jun 21, 2016

Reno City Council members are debating whether to tear down two rundown motels located in the heart of downtown.

At a meeting Tuesday, Mayor Hillary Schieve says she’s is in favor of removing urban blight.

“No one wants it to stay like that, I mean we all understand that," Schieve says. "Let’s be honest here, we all want the same thing, we want downtown to look great.”

Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus supports giving a local developer more time to make an offer on the properties. The developer has plans to turn it into a boutique motel.

Julia Ritchey

The developer behind a proposed 17-acre urban redevelopment project in downtown Reno is holding a series of information sessions for curious residents. 

Lead developer Don Clark told a crowd of about 25 people on Thursday there would be no McDonalds or Starbucks in West 2nd District, the billion-dollar community he's proposing for downtown.

City Of Reno Puts $1 Million Toward Blight

Apr 15, 2016
City of Reno

Reno has set aside one million dollars to tackle blight across the city. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez has more.

The Blight Reduction Initiative is a response to concerns Reno residents have voiced about the image of the city.

Councilman Oscar Delgado says people of Reno deserve a cleaner city.

"I pushed hard to make sure we set aside one million dollars to reduce, to fight blight and a lot of that money is going to go towards these neighborhoods to make people feel good about where they live."

Interview: What's In, What's Out For Downtown Reno

Jan 8, 2016
Mike Higdon

We've seen a flood of business news this week with Reno Provisions shutting its doors and the announcement of a major retailer coming to the heart of Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey caught up with the Reno-Gazette Journal's Mike Higdon to get the inside scoop on downtown development in 2016.

Higdon says the closing of Reno Provisions, following a highly publicized E. coli outbreak, is a major blow to the foodie movement.

Reno To Tackle Blight With New Fund

Oct 16, 2015
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  Reno is gearing up to combat blight more aggressively, targeting some of the worst properties downtown. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Mayor Hillary Schieve says she's serious about getting rid of eyesores, earmarking $1 million for a new blight reduction fund.

The city already has a dilapidated motel in its cross hairs. The Golden West Motor Lodge across the street from the Circus Circus hotel on Virginia Street could be first to meet the wrecking ball.

Schieve says the Recession slowed their progress.