Las Vegas City Council: Huntridge Theater item passes unanimously, J Dapper purchasing, taking over renovation project

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The City of Las Vegas just unanimously passed an item in today’s City Council meeting that settles a dispute over the renovation of the Huntridge Theater.

Parties have reached a proposed settlement where a third party, J Dapper, will rehabilitate the Huntridge Theater.

Although the City will not contribute any funds under the settlement agreement, the City will supervise and monitor the rehabilitation of the Huntridge Theater.

Rehabilitation obligations include:

After the closing of its acquisition of the Huntridge Theater, according to the settlement, J. Dapper agrees to make reasonable progress towards the rehabilitation of the Huntridge Theatre, for use in the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program, including, preservation of:

  • Part of the 1944 construction, exterior walls
  • Interior configuration of the lobby and theater spaces
  • Marquee as it presently exists after 1980 and 1993 renovations
  • Monument sign

Also mentioned in the settlement, after the closing of its acquisition of the Huntridge Theater, J. Dapper will allow inspection of the Huntridge Theater building at all reasonable times, at least twice a year, through the City’s Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, and provide quarterly reports to the Commission advising of its actions to cause rehabilitation, until the renovation is completed.

Upon rehabilitation of the building, J. Dapper also agrees in the settlement, to apply to the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission for the inclusion of the Huntridge Theater on the Historic Registry of the City of Las Vegas.

The Huntridge Foundation released the following statement:

It’s difficult to describe how satisfying it is to finally see such a dark chapter come to a close after 18 years of negligence, blight, and disregard of the Historic Huntridge Theatre. With this change of ownership, the Historic Huntridge Theatre finally has a bright future on the horizon!

We are confident that the assigned new owner, J. Dapper, will have inspiring and imaginative plans for the Huntridge in the coming years. It should be noted that we are starting from square one by terminating all past covenants, grant monies, and legal judgments while inserting a new owner, new covenants that will expire in 2030, and a new enforcement agency, the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

With the opportunity to start with a clean slate, we must take proper care to avoid enduring the same mistakes made by the State and their lack of enforcement capabilities. By properly funding resources and staff at the HPC, including ensuring temporary, grant-funded positions are permanent employees well-versed and educated in historic preservation, we can rest easy knowing that not only will the Huntridge be properly supervised, but ALL existing and future historic properties within the City of Las Vegas will be properly monitored and protected.

These concerns are for the ongoing preservation of the Huntridge Theatre for years to come, regardless of who the owner may be. We must take a firm stance in support of enforceable historic preservation standards for taxpayers, for our community’s legacy… and for the Huntridge.

We are requesting the Las Vegas City Council support this item with the understanding that we need the right tools to do this job right.

Our best, The Huntridge Foundation

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