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LottaLiving.com • URGENT ACTION: Federated Employees of NV Building, Las Vegas
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URGENT ACTION: Federated Employees of NV Building, Las Vegas

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:10 pm
by roadsidepictures
Name: Federated Employees of Nevada
Architect: Unknown
Year: 1962
Street: 2301 E. Sahara Ave.
City: Las Vegas
State: Nevada
Zip: 89104
Country: U.S.A.
Phone:

Type: Business
Style: Googie
Status: PENDING DEMOLITON

Description: Small single story office building with floating arches above the front and back windows. The back wall inside is rock.

I might be mistaken, but I seem to remember this building having rocks covering the wall to the right. I wish I had taken pictures of it years ago. It looks quite different now.

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status updated by futura girl 10-04-07

update

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:12 pm
by jenniezane
update on this property? I work near it, the black and white pics don't do justice to the cool color scheme its currently sporting.

current signage would indicate that some sort of renovation is going on, although I noticed the "nesting" of homeless folks in the back. Usually if the homeless folks are hanging around, the building isn't seeing much use or activity.

Overall condition from the exterior looks to be decent.

update

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:17 pm
by jenniezane
I just stopped by the Federated Employees of Nevada building.

Its in serious trouble. currently occupied by a property management company that sold the building. They are moving out tomorrow!

When I asked the receptionist what was happening to the building, she indicated that it was probably going to be "deconstructed".

I have color photos I will be posting. I didn't get to see much of if the interior but it looks to be in rough, but workable condition. A great small office building for someone.

I took some photos that I will post soon.


Zane D.


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planning commission

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:49 am
by jenniezane

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:09 pm
by Futura Girl
do you have a time and location?
- we should have a contingency of AAA and classic las vegas folks there.

date, time, location

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:26 pm
by jenniezane
Date: Oct. 11th at 6:00 pm

location: COUNCIL CHAMBERS · 400 STEWART AVENUE

agenda: http://www5.lasvegasnevada.gov/sirepub/ ... ype=Agenda

there are two agenda items for this property: one is a parking variance and one is a landscaping variance.

my employer is headquartered a few blocks away. i'm talking to them to see if they are willing to provide any input as a local business.

Also, I have emailed the chamber of commerce to see if they will verify that they once owned the building. Might be some sort of leverage.

Zane D.

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:44 pm
by Futura Girl

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:09 pm
by Futura Girl
downloading information here:

spoke to the Federated Employees people who now reside in the building behind it told me on the phone - they can't wait for it to be demolished - and said - and i quote: "It's soaked in urine from the bums."

This building is in Councilman Gary Reese's office - Ward 3
He needs to be convinced that this is one of the best buildings in his district - a real shining star in his crown! It just needs to be cleaned up to be useful.

IF YOU LIVE IN HIS WARD - please communicate to him that the fact that the previous owners have let the building go derelict - should not detract from the fact that this is a significant piece of architecture for the city.

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Other issues to address
1) There is insufficient parking space to support a 6000 square foor building - may cause addl. jam-ups on Sahara and cause people to park on their neighbor's property.
2) Currently zoned for office - the replacement building is intended to be re-zoned commercial
3) THIS IS A BIG ONE - This building was built on the site of the old 1950s/1960s city dump - ON TOP OF THE TRASH! the new construction will have to address environmental impact of excavation. there has been some serious settling in the area - in this building and noticeably in the Italian American Club parking lot next door.

Maybe Classic Las Vegas Lynn will have some more information on this???

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i spoke to Jim Marsh (Skyline Casino-Chrysler Jeep) a board member of Federated Employees - He is preservation friendly - but however now has nothing to do with the building, BUT he suggested we talk to a few folks that might know more about the history of the structure:
Ed Von Tobel - son of Von Tobel Lumber
Don Carson - LVCC member and contractor
Chuck Darling - contractor from the time - Darcor construction co.

if anybody has leads on how to contact these guys - let me know please.

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i have a call in to our city historic preservation officer.
other people are welcome to contact her with your interest and concerns, too!
Courtney Mooney
Urban Design Coordinator
Historic Preservation Officer
Department of Planning & Development
City of Las Vegas
P 702.229.5260
F 702.384.1397

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Ultimately - we need to have letters faxed to the Planning Commission and City Commissioners alerting them we care about this building.

And also let the Historic Preservation Commission know that this is a building THEY should be concerned about.


City council Fax #
Las Vegas City Council - City Hall, Tenth Floor
400 Stewart Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Map)
Phone: (702) 229-6405
Fax: (702) 382-8558

List of Planning Commission members
http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/Pla ... nBoard.pdf
City Clerk - City Hall, First Floor - 400 Stewart Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-6311 Fax: (702) 382-4803

Development Services Center - 731 South Fourth Street Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-6301 Fax: (702) 474-7463

List of Historic Preservation Commission members
http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/His ... ission.pdf

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:10 pm
by Futura Girl
Current Owners
2301 East Sahara LLC
1180 S. Beverly Drive #610
L.A., CA 90035


Assessor Description
PT SW4 SW4 SEC 01 21 61

Current Parcel No.
162-01-401-010

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:18 am
by Futura Girl
Please show up tonight if you can...

you don't need to speak - just stand up as part of the group.

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:02 pm
by Futura Girl
thank you to everyone who showed up!!!

good news everyone - the commission voted to extend the discussion to allow the owners to work with us on a plan to potentially save the building.
and the better news is the owners are willing to discuss.


THE BIG QUESTION of the night
who knows someone who works at Java Detour?

Java Detour

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:17 am
by Dr. Swanky
Howdy,

I don't know anyone who works for Java Detour, but I kinda know the manager of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf near UNLV. I looked up Java Detour and their website says they are only doing "sub-franchises" in Nevada. What is a sub-franchise? Does Java Detour have stores with places to sit and hang out? I only know Java Detour from LV and so haven't seen one that isn't a drive through.

So exciting that the owner wants to work with us. Kudos to everyone who worked so quickly on this!

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:01 pm
by Josh Geidel

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:18 pm
by Futura Girl
ASAP...
sorry - was out of town for the weekend...

paco says he has an original photo of the place he's gonna try and find for us.

missed meeting...

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:21 am
by jenniezane
I missed the planning commission meeting, can you fill me in? who is stephanie?

I have regular commitments on thurs. nights, so can't make it to planning commission meetings, but here is the latest on meeting with the mayor:

The next Coffee with the Mayor will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, at Lou's Diner, located at 431 S. Decatur at Alta.

There is also an open door meeting with the mayor:

The Open Door Meeting will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, located at 400 Stewart Ave.

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:09 pm
by Futura Girl
I have a meeting with the lawyers and one of the owners on wednesday afternoon, oct. 24th.

Please CALL me if you would like to take part in the meeting or have some input for it.

thanks.

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:30 pm
by Futura Girl

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:48 pm
by Futura Girl
p.s.
paco has sent off a note to sue kim at unlv to find early photos and especially blueprints of the original bldg. the new architect is requesting those... they are pretty essential for getting the bldg saved.
paco will be following through on this end.

inky - hopefully can get in touch with the movers from pomona, CA who moved la concha and get them to estimate if it can be moved and how much to do it...

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:55 pm
by Futura Girl

Moving Fed. Employees Building

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:37 pm
by Dr. Swanky

just a thought...

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:40 pm
by Dr. Swanky

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:07 am
by Futura Girl

Tamares

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:25 pm
by Dr. Swanky
I just sent an email off to Jonathan at Tamares. I'll let you know as soon as I hear back from him.

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:06 am
by lasvegaslynn
Given the price of land and the current destruction of homes and buildings in Downtown, it could be hard to find a piece of vacant property to move the building to. Also, the vandalism that occurs when an empty building sits there is quite high. The Whitehead house was lost to a fire in a similar situation and the Wedding Chapel near the old Algiers had extensive damage done to it before it was finally moved out to the County Museum.

It might be worth talking to Mark Hall-Patton at the County Museum. If they are interested in it, the LVCVA might be interested in heloing cover the costs of moving the building.

Tamares

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:22 am
by Dr. Swanky
I just heard back from Johnathan with Tamares (owners of the The Plaza). Here is his reply:

Thank you for thinking of us Heidi.

The building is not in the exact location we were hoping to develop
this
concept however I would not rule it out just yet. What are the terms of
the deal? Would it be purchased / rented or donated?

We are still looking for a site so anything els eyou hear of located
closer to the artis district would be great.

I hope you are well.

Jonathan

I sent him an email back stating clearly that the building could be moved to the Arts District and that it would most likely be donated. It sounds a bit positive, eh? I'll keep you posted.

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:54 pm
by Josh Geidel
What great developments for the future.

Long shot at best for our current project... but we need to get these people FIRMLY on board, and even better yet, ANTICIPATING future opportunities for just this sort of situation.

Sounds like we are on our way to doing just that! =)

Nice!

Tamares

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:52 pm
by Dr. Swanky
Howdy,

I just spoke to Jonathan at Tamares. He is still interested in the building as a possibility. They were planning to build a new building but may be interested in incorporating the Federated Emp. buidling into their scheme. I suggested that it might be swell as a museum entrance and offices for museum staff.

In any case, he would like to know the square footage of the building and how one goes about moving a building. He was particularly interested in knowing for sure if the building would be donated or sold. He is also wondering if we have any suggestions for a lot in the arts district for the Federated Emp. and the rest of the museum they want to build.

I also spoke with Darrell at Cen Cal Heavy Moving. I am going to send him the pictures from Flickr. But he would also like to know the width and length of the building and what the building is constructed of. He said that when we are ready he could come out and give us a bid.

If you have any of the above information please post it and I'll send it out to either Jonathan or Darrell.

Thanks!

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:16 am
by JMVegas5866
Hi folks! Has there been anymore progress on the Federal Emp. building yet? I had been catching up on the board here and saw you guys have been working on this since October. I've been crossing my fingers that this building can be saved rather than replicated. I like the idea of Tamares incorporating this building into their new scheme. Wishing you much success on this project.

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:37 am
by Dr. Swanky
I have been so busy with the rally that I haven't had a chance to email Jonathan again. I had suggested pre-Thanksgiving that we meet on 11/26, but didn't hear back. Zane and I agreed to share responsibilities on the possible moving the building project, but I would like for Zane and I to meet with Jonathan first before shifting most of the interactions with Jonathan to Zane. I've been working with Jonathan on this and the walking tour for several months, so some sort of transition would be nice.

I will email Jonathan and try to set something up for next week for him, Zane, and I. Jonathan would like to see the inside of the building. Is there any way for us to get access to it next week?

Tamares

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:47 pm
by Dr. Swanky
I emailed with Jonathan from Tamares (Plaza Hotel) this week. They have decided not to go with the Federal Employees building as part of their museum. :cry:

He said that they wanted to go for something modern that would make a statement. He said he would be happy to meet with me to go over the plans for the museum building. Sigh.