Reno cracks down on vacant properties

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Updated: 9/06/2013 6:29 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --  The City of Reno is cracking down on vacant properties in the downtown corridor and they're asking property owners for their cooperation.

Chain-link fences, broken windows, and dilapidated signs are a common site in some areas of Downtown Reno, but now the city has a renewed focus to change that.

"Anything that may look like a blight, those properties were identified and citations were issued," said city revitalization manager Alex Woodley.

In his first week as Reno's new revitalization manager, Woodley said he notified 25 properties of 56 code violations.

"Those violations included any unsecured doors, windows, broken windows, graffiti, junk, trash and debris," he said.

It's part of a renewed effort by the city to spruce up downtown.

"The city wants to make sure they're providing an environment that's appealing to business owners, same with our visitors and tourists."

He said most of the properties have sat vacant for five years to two decades and when the recession hit, the city's code enforcement officer was reassigned.

But now the city council is asking for more of an effort to make downtown properties a priority and property owners so far, are listening.

"They've been willing and very cooperative to clean up the issues that we've identified," said Woodley.

He also said they're asking property owners to fix broken windows, clean up graffiti, and provide plans for the the building's future.

"It's been positive, they appreciate and understand the city's perspective."

Woodley said he will meet with the city council in the next few months to continue to address ways to spruce up vacant properties.
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mikieslife - 9/11/2013 1:58 PM
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There is no such thing as zeroscape, well yes there is it is a Canadian reggae band. But there is such a thing as xeriscaping, perhaps this is of what you write.

Denton - 9/8/2013 8:47 PM
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It is very sad how fast house get foreclosed but these big open waste lands of black holes get to exits for years. Sucking the life and value of the common folks homes and Businesses.

BDeckwa - 9/8/2013 7:38 PM
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If the property has been vacant for a two years or more, tear everything down and convert it to zeroscape.

Kramer - 9/8/2013 1:22 PM
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in Richmond, CA, the city council was merely discussing a lien/mortgage/ inverse condemnation policy, and the banks and realtors sued. These people are greedy and don't have to live in your weedy neighborhood anyway. & I think it's spelled 'freebie', sounds like it.

Buck wild - 9/7/2013 11:15 PM
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HEY, here's a freeby, call the banks that foreclosed on the property, give them 30 days. If they can't clean it up, put some people to work doing it and file a lien on the place! Not that hard, or is code enforcement more worried about us in the rural areas that they can suck some money out of?
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