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Demolition Of Two Downtown Reno Motels On Hold

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Reno City Council members are debating whether to tear down two rundown motels located in the heart of downtown.

At a meeting Tuesday, Mayor Hillary Schieve says she’s is in favor of removing urban blight.

“No one wants it to stay like that, I mean we all understand that," Schieve says. "Let’s be honest here, we all want the same thing, we want downtown to look great.”

Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus supports giving a local developer more time to make an offer on the properties. The developer has plans to turn it into a boutique motel.

The city had been taking bids for demolition on the vacant properties, formerly known as the Golden West Motor Lodge and Heart o'Town motels. But after hearing from historians and other supporters, council members voted unanimously to postpone making a decision on a demolition contract for one month.