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Residents Moved and One Arrested After Code Violations Found at Downtown Motel


The Reno Police Department (RPD) teamed up today with the City of Reno Community Services and Safety Team (CSAST), Washoe County Health Department, Reno Code Enforcement, Reno Business License, Reno Fire Department and the State Boiler Inspector to inspect the Reno Legacy Motel downtown.

The  36-unit motel is at 380 North Virginia Street.

Six residents had to be moved to another motel after officials found unsafe living conditions. An assessment of the conditions at the hotel found violations including cooking in the hallways off hotplates, the presence of mice and cockroaches and a lack of general on-going maintenance.

“The motel had several other health and fire safety issues which include inadequate or inoperative fire suppression and fire alarm systems, and evidence of mice as well as cockroaches being found in some of the rooms,” said RPD Officer Timothy Broadway.

One man was arrested on a warrant and was issued a citation for being an ex-felon failing to change his address, as well as a warning for drug paraphernalia.

“The intent of this operation was to ensure adequate minimal living standards are maintained in all rental properties in Reno. This operation is in compliance with the Mayor’s Operation downtown and Council member Oscar Delgado’s Blight Initiative,” Broadway said.

Mayor Schieve posted the photo above on Twitter from the raid this morning.

The owner of the motel will be required to fix all the discrepancies found during the inspection, and officials will monitor the motel to ensure that all required maintenance is accomplished.

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