July 22, 2014
The Reno City Council is exploring options for its plan to convert the site of the former Mapes Hotel into a public plaza.
The council has rejected closing First Street for the riverside project, but is considering other options for the busy two-lane street.
Among them is a plan to narrow the street to one lane and eliminate on-street parking to create more space for the Mapes plaza.
The site has remained empty since the Mapes was blown up on January 30th, 2000 over the objections of historic preservationists.
Council members have decided to convert the downtown property along the Truckee River into a plaza with fountains and trees.
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