The process of converting the old C.O.D. Garage into a casino began last week with the removal of the pumps and the canopy.
The project was approved for a building permit to begin the $3.1 million renovation in early June and work started on the parking lot.
Built in 1911, and vacant since 2003, the C.O.D. Garage was one of the oldest operating commercial garages in the United States.
In 2008, Douglas County commissioners approved zoning changes and variances for a 14,303-square-foot casino, 3,540-square-foot bakery, and another 4,000 square feet for a proposed museum, day spa and retail area.
Nugget Casinos owner D. Scott Tate said plans were being drawn up for the casino in 2011.
Tate joined longtime Minden residents Marlena and Robb Hellwinkel in the remodel of the garage, which will be renamed the C.O.D. Casino.
Nugget Casinos also owns the Bonanza and Nugget casinos in Fallon and the Nugget casino in Silver Springs.