Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman described an exciting time of investment and development as she presented the 2019 State of the City Address on Jan. 10, 2019.
Mayor Goodman looked forward to what lies in store for our city in 2019 and remembered some of the accomplishments of 2018. The city will build on its success, bring new ideas and innovations to the fore and work to solve problems, Mayor Goodman said.
The mayor highlighted new developments in the city coming this year, including new residential units on Symphony Park in the heart of the city, new parking garages and a new 350,000 square-foot convention center downtown at the World Market Center.
A combination of residential and mixed-use development has always been a part of the Symphony Park master plan, and now it is becoming a reality. Between the garages and the new housing, there will be nearly 60,000 square-feet of new retail space in Symphony Park.
The mayor also touted the investments being made by downtown hotel-casinos including plans for new towers at The Downtown Grand and California hotel-casino. The speech was capped off by downtown businessman and casino owner Derek Stevens announcing his plans for the first newly built hotel-casino on Fremont Street since 1975. Circa Resort & Casino is currently under construction at Fremont & Main Street.
At the end of 2019, the Fremont Street Experience will sparkle with the unveiling of a newly refreshed five-block audio-visual canopy featuring 12.5 million LED lights.
Sparkle will also be coming to Las Vegas Boulevard in the form of a new gateway arch stretching over the iconic roadway welcoming visitors to the city and fabulous downtown.
Mayor Goodman also mentioned some new projects in the city sure to be very popular, including Area15, an immersive bazaar weaving together events, entertainment, art, dining and retail. Area15 will include interactive art collaborative Meow Wolf and anticipates 2 million visitors annually.
Another project coming to the city is Treehouse Las Vegas that is currently under construction on Main Street and will bring a new restaurant, bar and event space downtown with a swimming pool.
Mayor Goodman is also excited for the installation of famed Director Tim Burton’s art at the one and only Neon Museum in 2019.
The mayor also hit on new restaurants and bars thriving in the city and developing large followings. Esther’s Kitchen, Jammyland, Nevada Taste Site, D.E. Thai, Atomic Kitchen, Good Pie and Eureka were some of the hotspots she made a point to mention.
The city continues to move forward with new civic projects to benefit the community. This year we will break ground on our new Municipal Courthouse downtown at First Street and Clark Avenue. This new four-story building is being built by the Molasky Group, and will provide a space for all of the city’s Municipal Court needs.
This spring we will also see the opening of the new East Las Vegas Library in Ward 3 at Bonanza Road and East 28th Street. The new 40,000 square-foot library will feature a 300-seat events venue as well as access to classes and Workforce Connections.
One of the biggest sub-category of projects that the city focuses on is parks. Mayor Goodman announces that in 2019 the city will be renovating Woofter Park, Baker Park and the Rafael Rivera soccer fields. The city is also building two new parks – the Las Vegas Wash Park near Washington Avenue and Lamb Boulevard and Harris Marion Park near Harris Avenue and Marion Drive. Finally, the Alyn Beck Memorial Park in the Northwest is also under construction.
Mayor Goodman also focused on two areas that remain a priority for the city – public safety and education. The city continues to budget for additional law enforcement officers in our community and is expanding education offerings such as Strong Start Go, a mobile Pre-K program that will travel to neighborhoods where these services are not readily available.
Mayor Goodman also praised the work being done through the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life. This vehicle brings together public and private partners to address the city’s most pressing needs. The Fund focuses on Livability, Innovation, Future and Education.
One area donations are being used for is the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center. The Courtyard is a starting point where homeless individuals can access resources all in one place within the Corridor of Hope at 314 Foremaster Lane. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, this is a one-stop shop with access to medical, housing and employment services.
The initial phase of the Courtyard opened in 2017 and now the city is moving forward to expand the property. This build-out will result in new buildings with classrooms, an intake center, shower and restroom facilities, and areas for service providers to assist homeless individuals. The Courtyard also will feature a kitchen, mailboxes and a pet kennel. Construction on this project is set to begin in the third quarter of this year and be completed in 2020.