As a member and chairman of the Redevelopment Advisory Citizens Committee, I certainly see the need to focus on the charge given to the committee, addressing development and fixing blight. During the recent economic downturn, the focus became special events that are great but changed the use of the monies available. I propose we bank some of those funds to address specific infrastructure and blight issues. The old Scolari’s Market on U.S. 50 is a great example of what must happen to all our vacant and unsightly buildings. Even vacant lots and unmaintained parking lots bring down the city by presenting an appearance of blight.
We started repairs and visual improvements to building exteriors (façade program) to address blight.
We began inspecting the long-term stay hotels to improve their appearance and safety for those residing there.
We implemented a policy to provide no more than four years’ assistance to special events as they need to become self-sufficient (with the exception of Nevada Day and the Silver & Snowflake Festival of Lights, as these are considered ongoing City events).