A Reno Landmark is Closing
The art deco building which stands along the Truckee River between the courthouse and the casinos has been used in movies and television shows for decades, while still operating as a functional post office.
The building was purchased by the Reno Redevelopment Agency from the federal government for 1.25 million dollars and resold it to a developer for about the same price. Another 5 million dollars will be needed to remove asbestos and repair water leaks and damage. The USPS has been leasing the building from the developers since August.
The plans are to develop the property into high end offices and retail space. Before the project can be started, approval must be obtained from the State Historical Preservation office and the redevelopment agency.
My fear is that the building will be destroyed. The last time a situation occurred such as this involved the Mapes Hotel and Casino. I toured it before its demolition. Removing the asbestos would have cost 10’s of millions of dollars, and the basement area where generators and electrical equipment were located, was flooded. Most of the older buildings in downtown Reno received their water from wells supplied by underground rivers.
News Correspondent-The Guardian Express