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North Las Vegas step closer to razing vacant apartments

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Leila Navidi

North Las Vegas wants to tear down this vacant apartment complex, which has long been an eyesore in the community.

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North Las Vegas Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown during a meeting at the North Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

The North Las Vegas City Council voted on Wednesday to decide on a contractor to raze the abandoned Buena Vista Apartments.

The issue: The blighted Buena Vista Apartments has long been an eyesore for the residents near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue. Before the state ruled the building unfit to live in, it had been a hotbed for gangs and criminal activity. After it closed, it became a magnet for vandalism, broken windows and graffiti. The building has since been boarded up and cleaned of vandalism, but residents want it gone. The North Valley Community Leadership team has been working with Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brone to raze the complex for the last five years. In that time the city has had to wait for federal funding to pay for the demolition, and to clean out the mold, asbestos and harmful toxins from the building. The city council postponed voting on a demolition contract on May 15 due to too few bids from contractors.

The decision: 5-0 approval to sign a contract with a demolition contractor.

What it means: The apartment complex is one step closer to being demolished. Based on the contract, the apartments must be razed within 180 days. North Valley Community Leadership team members hope that the land the apartments once occupied could be used to revitalize the community. They have plans to use the area for day care centers, banks and local businesses.

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