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Tourism district around Mob Museum gets initial OK

A proposal to create a tourism improvement district to generate money for refurbishments around the downtown Mob Museum has been approved by a Las Vegas City Council subcommittee.
/ Source: KSNV

A proposal to create a tourism improvement district to generate money for refurbishments around the downtown Mob Museum has been approved by a Las Vegas City Council subcommittee.

The district, approved by the subcommittee on Tuesday, could go before the full council next month.

The district would divert some of the new taxes generated by businesses on the property to pay for improvements such as a parking garage, plaza and streetscape features.

The proposed district is currently home to the transit center, the historic federal courthouse that's being turned into the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement and a former park that's now vacant.

A report prepared for the city says the site could generate $26 million a year, with $3 million a year for 20 years kept to pay for improvements.

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