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Mob museum gets about $15,000 more from state

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Dave Toplikar

The Las Vegas City Council received about $15,000 more Wednesday for rehabilitation work to continue on the former federal courthouse and post office that will be the home of the Las Vegas Organized Crime and Law Enforcement Museum, known as the Mob Museum, at 300 Stewart Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. The museum is expected to be open in May or June of 2011.

The Las Vegas City Council accepted another grant today that will go toward creating the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas.

The council approved a grant of $14,882.39 from the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs that will go toward rehabilitating the historic federal building/post office at 300 Stewart Ave. to create the museum, officially called the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

The council approved the grant without discussion today as part of its routine matters.

The grant, which was awarded through the State Historic Preservation office, will be used to prepare exhibition space in the new museum. The money came from leftover funds from the commission's 2008 grant cycle, according to Jace Radke, a city spokesman.

Last month, the state Commission for Cultural Affairs announced that a $200,000 grant it had approved in its 2010 grant cycle for the mob museum would be revoked because the bonds to help finance that project and 22 others would not be issued.

The museum, which is expected to cost about $42 million to construct, is being funded through a variety of sources: local, state and federal grants, matching grants and the city's redevelopment agency.

The Mob Museum is expected to open in fall of 2011.

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