Moulin Rouge town hall set

County puts brakes on pur­chase to give fo­rum for opin­ions

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - FROM THE COVER - By Jamie Munks Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal

Clark County Com­mis­sioner Lawrence Weekly will host a town hall meet­ing Thurs­day to cull opin­ions about what should hap­pen to the his­toric for­mer Moulin Rouge prop­erty.

A judge last month ap­proved

Clark County’s $6.2 mil­lion bid for the 15-acre site, meant to house a new De­part­ment of Fam­ily Ser­vices build­ing. But county com­mis­sion­ers de­layed ap­prov­ing the pur­chase to first so­licit feedback about the plans.

The meet­ing is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thurs­day, at the Pear­son Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at 1625 W. Carey Av­enue in North Las Ve­gas.

“It’s im­por­tant that we give the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide us their thoughts about how we want to move for­ward with this valu­able and his­toric piece of prop­erty,” Weekly said in a state­ment.

The three other groups that bid on the Bonanza Road site, which was home to the first de­seg­re­gated ho­tel-casino in Las Ve­gas, want to re­vive the Moulin Rouge.

Weekly’s dis­trict in­cludes the his­toric prop­erty, which is lo­cated in the city of Las Ve­gas.

The prop­erty is on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, but the re­main­ing struc­tures there have fallen into dis­re­pair. Re­peated fires have rav­aged the build­ings, and home­less peo­ple have been liv­ing there. Las Ve­gas city of­fi­cials this month de­clared the re­main­ing build­ings an im­mi­nent haz­ard, and the site will be razed.

The Moulin Rouge sign is promi­nently dis­played in the Neon Mu­seum bone­yard, but con­cerns are lin­ger­ing in the west Las Ve­gas neigh­bor­hood about preser­va­tion of the his­toric sig­nif­i­cance of the Moulin Rouge prop­erty it­self.

Con­tact Jamie Munks at jmunks@ re­viewjour­ or 702-383-0340. Fol­low @Jamiemunksrj on Twit­ter.

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