City to discuss converting RGJ building into RPD headquarters

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The Reno City Council is considering a proposal to purchase the Reno Gazette Journal building at 955 Kuenzli Street for the Reno Police Department's future headquarters.

According to Jon Humbert, the Public Information Officer for the City of Reno, the proposal is for a new headquarters and the inclusion of Evidence Storage, Reno Public Safety Dispatch location, secondary Emergency Operations Center, and a workspace for critical social service agencies. It would add more floor space with more access for officers and the public. Humbert says the sale of the current building for the Reno Police Department and parcel will also be discussed.

Staff is requesting Council direct: 1) the City Manager to negotiate a purchase agreement based on the draft terms defined herewith, 2) the Mayor to sign purchase agreement and deed and City Manager to sign closing documents as needed to purchase the property based on negotiations, 3) the funding of this purchase not to exceed $7,000,000, and 4) staff to contract for maintenance and security of the property during improvements and prior to occupancy of the facility.

The Reno Gazette Journal says the sale of the building is being handled by its parent company's real estate staff. In a statement posted online, RGJ Executive Editor Brian Duggan said, “For nearly 40 years, the Reno Gazette Journal has been located at 955 Kuenzli Street. A couple of years ago, we put our building up for sale so we could find an office that is better suited to our news organization’s digital future."

The item is set to be discussed Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10AM at the city's regular meeting.

To see the agenda, click here.

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