Proposal would bring back old motel facades in Fremont East District

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Mick Akers/ Las Vegas Sun A proposal requires bring back seven aging homes in the Fremont East District.

Monday, July 30, 2018|2 a.m.

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Las Vegas authorities are wanting to breathe brand-new life to an aging area of downtown.

A part of Fremont Street, extending from Las Vegas Boulevard to 14th Street in the Fremont East District, is home to a number of aging motels in need of enhancements.

The city will ask for $762,000 from the Centennial Commission at its meeting today for the repair of motel facades and classic neon indications related to the homes.

The work will belong to Project Enchilada, the downtown master plan aimed at enhancing streetscapes, open space, retail and total enhancement in the area from Main Street to Eastern Opportunity and U.S. 95 to Charleston Boulevard. The job is a public-private collaboration.

Seven properties are listed on the city’s plans, with differing amounts of loan committed to each– Lucky Motel ($ 130,000), Fremont/AriNeva ($ 115,000) and Starview Motel ($ 110,000) are among the residential or commercial properties slated for six-figure overhauls.

The majority of the funding would go toward the initial refurbishing work, with $100,000 allocated toward a 10-year maintenance fund. The majority of the neon indications tied to the homes were constructed in the 1950s and refurbishing them is vital because they are the last remaining neon indications from their time, inning accordance with the proposition.

Each sign will be either reconditioned or rebuilt and put back on the traditionally precise position that they stemmed from.

The Downtown Task owns the homes, but isn’t really required to contribute toward the refurbishing, according to the demand. Nevertheless, they are required to pay for lighting the indications throughout night operations. If the project does not power and maintain the indications for a minimum of 10 years after they’re revamped, they must be contributed to the Neon Museum, inning accordance with the proposition.

If funds are approved, the neon lighting is slated to take place through July 2019.

Aside from neon indication refurbishing, the proposition incudes resolving vacant lots, updating landscaping and bring back power in the area.

Other organized components of Task Enchilada include: tactical retail plan for the location, producing parks, designation the location as an official parade path for the city, developing transport infrastructure– including bike paths and pedestrian pathways– and developing cultural experiences for the location with focus on brief distance locations.

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