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        Updated on 9/3/11

Even in the midst of a global economic catastrophe, downtown Las Vegas is bustling with new projects.  Among them is The ACE transit system, a new Regional Transportation Center, a new City Hall, more new venues along the Fremont East
district, new galleries and bistros in the Arts District, the redevelopment of the Lady Luck, the Mob Museum, a revamping and expansion of the Neon "Boneyard" Museum, and of course, there's the 61-acre Symphony Park with the recently opened Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the construction of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Yes, despite all the bad press, downtown Las Vegas is (as it seems) alive and well.  This page will explore these projects. The links (above) take you to already dedicated VegasTaT pages for some of the downtown projects. The rest of them will be featured below.


The Big Land Shuffle/Swap

There is a bit of land shuffling afoot downtown.
(*) refer to the map, below

- In order to clear the way for a major downtown sports stadium
(A+B), City Hall (B) needs to move.

- The Regional Transportation Center
(C) is moving to clear way for an entertainment zone around the new Mob Museum.

- The new Regional Transportation Center
(D) is being built on a parcel near the new City Hall (F) and juhl Lofts.

- The city swapped a parcel of land in Symphony Park
(E) for a parcel owned by Forest City on Main St (F). on which the new City Hall is being built. The deal has a stipulation that Forest City will build a Boutique Casino Hotel on the property (E).

- Forest City will also develop its LiveWork Las Vegas project (G) on the land between the new Regional Transportation Center and the new City Hall.

I hope this simplifies it a bit.



Other Downtown-Related Pages on VegasTodayAndTomorrow

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health         World Market Center      World Jewelry Center      Symphony Park       Golden Nugget

Lady luck         Fremont East         juhl Lofts         Newport Lofts        Soho Lofts        THE Downtown Map       
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.City Hall

Las Vegas' new City Hall will be a $185-million, LEED®-certified building. Notice the solar panels (in the rendering above) doubling as sun-shades throughout the outdoor promenade area. The new 310,00-square-foot, eight-story building will cut the city's energy bills by as much as $500 thousand annually.  Below, we see some renderings of the lobby and Counsel Chambers.


Mock-Up Light-wall Video
The largest face of the new City Hall is fitted with glass fins
which refract light from LEDs embedded within their frame.
This is a short video of the active mock-up wall on the construction site.

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City Hall Construction Photos

The new Las Vegas City Hall was looking quite photogenic in the early evening light so I grabbed a few beauty shots.

The copper-colored undulating panels are rather Ghery(ish).

The solar panels that will double as sun shades, have a third property, an art installment.

Photos 9/01/11 by Mark Adams

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The construction of the new City Hall is progressing rapidly.
In the close-up shots you can see the glass fins which will turn the building into a light show at night. The video (above) shows the mock-up of the light-panels.

Photos 6/6/11 by Mark Adams

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Already coming out of the ground, City Hall is making its presence known.

Photos 9/4/10 by Mark Adams

.Regional Transportation Center

Unique in design and function, the new Regional Transportation center will be yet another LEED®-Gold-certified building for Las Vegas. The facility will feature 16 on-site vehicle bays, 100 double-stacked bike racks, a self-service bike repair station and  parking spaces for hybrid vehicles. The terminal will also feature air-conditioned waiting areas for passengers, canvas shade structures with solar panels and an administration area. Expected completion - late 2010

Regional Transportation Center Construction Photos

Now open, The Bonneville Transit Center is a stunning addition to the downtown infrastructure.

photos 6/5/11 by Mark Adams




These photos were taken on 9/4/10 by Yours truly


Mob Museum


Mob Museum Construction photos coming soon



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