Mustang Move To Wild Horse Property Opposed

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Neighbors of Nevada's newest brothel never wanted the Wild Horse Canyon Ranch to set up business next to them anyway.

And they don't want any buildings from the Mustang Ranch being moved there, either.

Washoe District Court Judge Peter Breen has set a hearing for Jan. 23 on a request to halt transport of the Mustang's buildings to the Wild Horse bordello along Interstate 80 about 20 miles east of Reno.

Breen issued a temporary order on Friday in the dispute between Wild Horse owner Lance Gilman and businesses that have opposed the brothel opening near the Reno-Tahoe Industrial Park.

Gilman, who also is a developer of the 102,000-acre industrial park, bought the Mustang buildings for $145,100 on eBay from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and started moving them Jan. 4. He planned to continue doing so every weekend this month.

"Were disappointed, to say the least," Gilman said. "We are scrambling now to protect the buildings. They are all prepared to move."

DP Industrial, one of the major landowners in the industrial park, asked the judge to stop the Mustang move.

A DP official said Monday the latest legal maneuver was part of the company's ongoing court effort to close Gilman's brothel, which is in a canyon about a mile from the western edge of the industrial park.

"We feel it's harmful to business and it's an inappropriate place," said Aaron Paris, vice president and chief operating officer of Reno-based Dermody Properties, the parent company of DP Industrial.

A lawsuit filed in 2000 by DP and other businesses in the park against Gilman's brothel is before the Nevada Supreme Court.

After conducting his brothel business in a temporary building for a year, Gilman opened his 30,000-square foot Wild Horse Canyon Ranch & Spa last summer near the Patrick exit off I-80, about 5 miles east of the Mustang Ranch.

Gilman has said he wants to turn the Mustang buildings into a museum.

The Mustang, about 15 miles east of Reno, gained fame when Joe Conforte owned it. He fled to Brazil in the 1990s to escape federal tax convictions.

The government seized the Mustang in 1999 after a U.S. District Court jury found the corporation that owned the brothel guilty of racketeering and bankruptcy fraud for hiding Conforte's continued ownership of the bordello while he was out of the country.