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Knowing Nevada: Ormsby House in Carson City seeks new future

Ormsby House in Carson City (SBG)

The new Carson City corridor officially opened in October, and for six months it's been a better place to live, work and play.

Now, it might be time for one of Carson Street's most prominent features to catch up.

The Ormsby House, closed since 2000, is up for sale again. The owner initially intended to give the property a facelift and reopen within a year or two.

Seventeen years later, the HVAC, electrical and plumbing of the building are all brand-new, with the skeleton of the building left to improve.

Theodore Stoever with Colliers International gave News 4 a tour of the building. We showed the footage to Bob Cashell, the former Reno mayor who used to run the Ormsby House.

"It's really sad to see it torn apart like that because the casino floor wouldn't have taken that much to fix it up," he said when asked what he thought of the building.

The name "Ormbsy House" predates the actual building. Major William Ormsby opened the original in 1860, on Second and Carson streets, but died that same year.

The Laxalt family bought it in the early 1900s, tore it down and built the new Ormsby in 1972, just three blocks from the original.

Stoever says calls are coming, and potential buyers have shown interest, though the owners have not listed a price on the property.

The question is what the Ormsby House could become.

A hotel, senior housing, another casino-resort, all options that have been considered. It just depends on who decides to take on the project.

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