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Maloof building remains in limbo

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By Mercy Lopez

The saga of the Maloof building at 105 Bridge St. continues.

On Thursday, the West Las Vegas School Board was informed that the Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP firm will be taking over the effort to try to clear the property’s title so that it can be sold.

Local attorney Nicolas Leger had been handling the matter, but he is closing his office to teach full time at Highlands University’s School of Business.

Leger said he had hoped to have the title cleared by now, but a last- minute stumbling block prevented that from happening.

The Maloof building, where Joe Maloof started his beer distributorship empire, was donated to the school district in 2005.

Since then, the district has been dealing with the headache of getting the title to the property cleared.

Superintendent Gene Parson said the case will be turned over to the Santa Fe based law firm.

“We’ve had the Maloof building for sale in what seems like forever,” Parson told the board. “We had sought legal counsel and action.”

He said the board originally asked for a quiet title suit, but Leger recommended that the district attempt to resolve the issue by reaching out to all potential heirs of the property instead.

“He got a hold of five of them, and one held out,” Parson said. “We requested once again for the quiet title suit...”

The district put out an invitation for bids to purchase the property in 2011. It received a proposal from Kiva Entertainment LLC to purchase the property for $56,502. The building was appraised for $47,000 in March 2011. The group wanted to open a triplex movie theater.

It’s unclear whether the company is still interested in the property.

Messages left for Albert Owen of Kiva Entertainment LLC were not returned as of the Optic’s press time.

District businesses manager Dinah Maynes said the district would now work with the law firm to move forward with a quiet title suit in hopes of clearing up the title issue that has plagued the district.