The Revitalization of Downtown North Las Vegas
For many, when they think of North Las Vegas, they think of a town that nearly went bankrupt when the market crashed in 2007, leaving behind rundown businesses and houses. That is not what longtime residents think. They have visions of Downtown North Las Vegas being a vibrant place, with a bolstering economy.
“There used to be a not-so-funny joke, you can’t get a suit in North Las Vegas and even if you could buy it they’d be no place to wear it, and it’s absolutely true,” Barron said. “So what we’re trying to do us is bring a whole new wave of investment to where you will be able to buy a suit in North Las Vegas and there will be a nice place for you to wear it.”
With assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there is hope for Downtown North Las Vegas again. The city received a $1.2 million community development block grant allowing Councilman Isaac Barron and Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown to work hard at revitalizing the downtown area. There hopes are for residents to have access to the same amenities other parts of the valley have.
“What it boils down to is bolstering up what we have, attracting what we don’t have — whether it’s medical, whether it’s new educational opportunities,” Barron said. “These are plans we’ve been working on, that we’ve been trying to execute for a long time. For us, it’s a big deal to see this come to fruition.”
Entertainment, restaurants and shopping Maya Theater: The 14-theater cinema complex is located across city hall and is anticipated to open this December. In addition to the cinema, the complex will also develop retail and commercial space for shops, restaurants and more.
Dutch Bros: The cult coffee chain will open its second location in Southern Nevada across from city hall and adjacent to the new theater. The coffee shop gutted and overhauled an old taco shop that stood there.
Here’s what North Las Vegas is eyeing for its downtown:
Ross Dress for Less: A Ross store opens later this month in a commercial retail space near the Silver Nugget, which also has undergone recent renovations. While other cities may not see this as big, Barron says this is the first step in getting people to “buy a suit” in North Las Vegas.
The educational development will include renovations to an older library, converting a historic school into a community flex space and developing a larger community park that will have new trailheads connecting to the city’s older ones, Gavan said. The area is near Lake Mead and Las Vegas boulevards.
Charter Schools: Three new charter schools will open in North Las Vegas next fall. One is pegged for downtown.
Entertainment, restaurants and shopping
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