City Plans to Get Tough on Blighted, Vacant Properties

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO -- The City of Reno's code enforcement division notified 25 properties of 56 potential code violations last week. Alex Woodley, who was recently appointed revitalization manager, said the notifications are part of an effort to get tough on vacant property owners.

"Either get rehabilitated or do something with the properties or if necessary tear them down," Woodley said.

Woodley said the city of Reno could tear down properties if owners refuse to address issues. He said Reno could be reimbursed for demolition costs by placing a lien on the property.

However, city manager Andrew Clinger said Reno would prefer to work with vacant property owners to get issues addressed. Clinger said Reno has also not yet identified where funding to tear down properties could come from.

Among the property owners cited is owner of the Kings Inn located on 3rd Street, Woodley said. The hotel has been vacant since the 1980s.

Woodley said potential code violations around the downtown area include: broken windows, graffiti, the property not being made inaccessible and poor lighting.

The city council is slated to hear a presentation on vacant properties Wednesday.

Clinger said it's a long process for Reno to be able to tear down vacant buildings. However, he said people should notice a more 'spruced up' downtown soon.

A code enforcement officer reassigned during the recession will again be assigned to downtown, according to Woodley.

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