Distressed UNR Property Being Sold for $550,000

UNR-Property (8 of 12)University of Nevada, Reno property in low-income North Valleys neighborhood has history of code violations

A vacant facility owned by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) on Mount Vida Street near the Stead airport has been the site of a number of City of Reno code violations, including one notice of violation — for weeds and debris — issued this week, according to City of Reno Code Enforcement.

The University of Nevada, Reno is trying to sell the property for its land value at $550,000, said Jane Tors, UNR’s Director of Communications.

The former Job Corps facility, adjacent to a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood, has been shuttered and unused for about 10 years, according to UNR. City documents (read below) show problems at the property have prompted repeated visits and notices of violation by the city’s Code Enforcement Division.

UNR-Property (10 of 12)City Code Enforcement personnel said a new notice of violation was issued this week after ThisisReno inquired about the status of the property.

UNR said it monitors the property regularly.

“The property is checked daily,” Tors said. “Monitoring includes daily visual checks by Police Services (either University Police Services or TMCC Police Services) and the property is also often visited or checked in person by police, facilities personnel when needed and the realtor.”

UNR is trying to sell the property.

“The property is being actively marketed, and a zoning change has been submitted to the City of Reno for consideration and to make this a more attractive development opportunity for multi-family investors,” Tors added. “Further investment is not being made at this point because it is likely that a potential buyer will desire to take the structure down or change it in some other way. Because the property is likely to be redeveloped, the asking price is based primarily on land value.”

Mark Huntley, spokesman for the Sierra Nevada Job Corps, which has a newer facility nearby, said, “We certainly hope (the property’s) conditions will change in the future.”

Code complaints may be made through Reno Direct: http://www.reno.gov/residents/reno-direct.

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TIMELINE

UNR Property Code Violations

Note: Edited for grammar and readability.

Read the original documents:

  1. ENF09-C04684 WorkflowHistoryList20150617
  2. ENF11-C00633 WorkflowHistoryList20150617
  3. ENF11-P03554 WorkflowHistoryList20150617

June 11, 2009: Citizen reporting that the old Job Corps at 5005 Echo Ave has all the windows broken out that have not been boarded up yet.

June 13, 2009: Issued (courtesy letter) C/L for unsecured buildings. The buildings at this location are all unsecured and will issue a C/L to have the windows and all openings secured ASAP.

June 17-August 19, 2009:

C/L REGULAR MAIL RETURNED DATED 6/17/2009. NO SUCH NUMBER. UNABLE TO FORWARD.

*UPDATE per ‘Notice Compliance’ type inspection 7/2/2009 (via script triggered by ‘Non-compliant’ disposition [ENE09-V04663-Enforcement/Incident/Administrative Code/Violation]).

*UPDATE per ‘Notice Compliance’ type inspection 7/16/2009 (via script triggered by ‘Compliant’ disposition [ENE09-V04663-Enforcement/Incident/Administrative Code/Violation]) unsecured buildings

*UPDATE per ‘Notice Compliance’ type inspection 7/2/2009 (via script triggered by ‘Scheduled’ disposition [ENE09-V04663-Enforcement/ Incident/Administrative Code/Violation]) site inspection was performed at 0930 and (o)bserved the following: The work to secure the openings have yet to be even started. There is no sign of any workers either. Will check back next week and if nothing then will call Troy Miller back and ask (w)hy.

Site inspection was performed at 1410 and observed the following: All openings secured and boarded up the building is secured. BUT the dea(d) trees along the west side have (n)ot been removed. Will call Manager again and have them removed with demo.

*UPDATE per ‘Site Visit’ type inspection 8/4/2009 (via script triggered by ‘Compliant’ disposition [ENE09-V04663-Enforcement/Incident/Administrative Code/Violation])

August 4, 2009: Case Closed. The dead trees along the west side are all gone and look good. Closing case.

August 4, 2010: Overgrown dead grass and weeds in public view. Junk, trash and debris throughout site all in public view.

Issued C/L for overgrown dead grass and weeds in public view. Junk, trash and debris throughout site all in public view. -ENA11-CTY00560 action initiated per ENE11-V00761 via esme dated 08/04/2010 for Case ENF11-C00633

August 19, 2010: Site inspection was performed at 1103 and observed the following: All completed. Looks good. Closing case.

*UPDATE per ‘Notice Compliance’ type inspection 8/19/2010 (via script triggered by ‘Compliant’ disposition [ENE11-V00761-Enforcement/Incident/Administrative Code/Violation]).

The property is in compliance, case closed.

May 25, 2011: Weeds, overgrown grass and weeds all in public view.

Issued C/L for WEEDS Overgrown grass and weeds all in Public View. – ENA11-CTY02260 action initiated per ENE11-V03776 via esme dated 05/26/2011 for Case ENF11-P03554.

June 11, 2011: Site inspection was performed at 0817 and observed the following: The weed(s) all over the parcel around all of the building has yet to be even started to be cleaned up. There is no signs that any work has been preped [sic] as well. Will issue a Adm (?)  for the lack of progress.

*UPDATE per ‘Notice Compliance’ type inspection 6/11/2011 (via script triggered by ‘Scheduled’ disposition [ENE11-V03776-Enforcement/Incident/Administrative Code/Violation]).

June 15, 2011: Amanda Liener of the UNR Facilities Coordinator’s office called to say that the weeds at this location will be cleaned up by the end of next week or the 24th of June. CEO 481 stated OK.

June 25, 2011: Site inspection was performed at 1217 and observed the following: All completed cleaned up looks good closing case.

*UPDATE per ‘Notice Compliance’ type inspection 6/25/2011 (via script triggered by ‘Compliant’ disposition [ENE11-V03776-Enforcement/Incident/Administrative Code/Violation])

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