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.