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County Working for a Winchester Turnaround
County Working for a Winchester Turnaround

County officials touting “resurgence” in the Winchester area will hold a workshop offering information about living in the community, and also are calling for artists to help beautify the neighborhood.

Starting at 11 a.m. on July 28, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, county agencies and non-profit groups will host a free event called the “Wonders of Winchester.” The event will be held at the Winchester Cultural Center at 3131 McLeod Drive, north of Desert Inn Road.

Burdened by crime and some declining sections in recent years, Winchester is benefiting from the federally backed Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), from which the county is using money to spearhead the repair of about 50 foreclosed and vacant homes.

About half of the homes will be sold to households eligible for the NSP by the non-profit developer, Housing For Nevada. The other half will be maintained as long-term affordable rental housing by the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.

Finger food from local restaurants will be available at the event, which county officials say will showcase the community’s charm and history and will include a photographic display of what Winchester’s Vintage Vegas days were like.

“When one thinks of ‘Old Vegas,’ the Winchester community certainly comes to mind,” Giunchigliani said. “But it also is seeing a rebirth, and this project is just a small part of that.”

A county news release defines Winchester’s borders as “roughly bounded by Sahara Avenue on the north, Boulder Highway on the east, Desert Inn Road on the south and Industrial Road on the west.”

Giunchigliani mentioned the Winchester Cultural Center as one of the area’s major cultural amenities. It features a performance theater, art gallery and, opening this fall, a dance studio. The facility also hosts a desert demonstration garden and a skate park.

The acquisition of houses through the NSP program is under way and will continue through next summer. Houses will be brought up to standard for county building codes, health and safety, and energy efficiency. NSP funds are allocated by the federal government to Clark County with a goal of redeveloping and revitalizing communities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis while providing affordable housing opportunities.

The county also has issued a local “call for artists” and will work with them on options such as selecting color schemes, designing landscaping and creating new gates, block walls, front doors and garage doors as artwork. Each improvement will be considered in terms of durability and wide appeal and tailored to the needs of the particular house, officials said.

Clark County artists interested in working on this project must submit an application by 5 p.m. July 18. For information, contact Recreation and Cultural Programs Supervisor Patrick Gaffey at 455-7030 or gaffeypj@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

To RSVP for the July 28 event, please call 455-2269.