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Mob Museum gets $220,000 grant from state commission


Steve Marcus

Pedestrians pass by the old courthouse and U.S. post office, the site of the Mob Museum, in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.

Mob Museum

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, left, and former Sen. Richard Bryan (D-Nev.) prepare to open the doors to the Mob Museum during a news conference at the museum site in downtown Las Vegas this morning. Launch slideshow »

CARSON CITY – The conversion of the Post Office in Las Vegas to the so-called Mob Museum has received a $220,000 grant from the state Commission for Cultural Affairs.

The commission, completing a two-day meeting Thursday, allocated $3 million to 23 projects. The Mob Museum got the biggest single grant.

State Historic Preservation Officer Ron James said there was also an additional $97,000 that was in reserve that was allocated to the Las Vegas project.

Plans call for the museum to be opened in 2011.

The Mob Museum has received $3 million from the state through the years, James said.

Since 1993, the state has issued about $3 million a year in bonds for historic projects. The Legislature renews the program every 10 years and it is due to expire in 2014. So far, it has allocated about $40 million to programs around Nevada.

The Clark County Parks and Recreation Department received a $150,000 grant for work on the Railroad Cottages, a group of historic buildings in Henderson. The commission allocated $75,000 to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Officials from the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum told the commission this would be the last time they would request money from the state.

The commission approved a $40,000 grant to the city of Mesquite to turn a high school gymnasium into an all-purpose room.

Grants of $200,000 each were allocated to the Oak Park School in Fallon, the Pioneer Hotel Building in Elko and the Thunderbird Lodge at south end of Lake Tahoe.

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