Bordering Downtown Las Vegas' west edge is a never developed, 61 contiguous acres. Also known as Union Park, this 61 acres has been in the news for a while now, as Mayor Goodman is itching to develop it. A major railway thoroughfare skirts the property's east edge, dividing it from downtown. This makes it a challenge to blend this parcel with the existing downtown area.
The latest plans (discussed at a city council meeting on 5/17/06) redefine the project. The main goal of the project is to create a true urban core the will be vital lasting and age well. This is not aimed at tourists, it's for the people who will live and work there.
The overall architecture for the project will be "desert modern" and will compliment (not copy) the surrounding projects, including the World Market Center, the Clark County Government Center, and the Las Vegas Outlet Mall. The project would be divided into civic, entertainment, medical and residential districts connected by streets and wide plazas (large enough to be considered parks).
Due to traffic issues, there will be no stadium, although plans for a major baseball of football stadium in Las Vegas are still in play for a different location (possibly near Cashman Field Center).
The plans include the removal of the Plaza hotel tower allowing the Fremont Street Experience to be extended into the new area flanked by three casino/hotel projects totaling 1,750 rooms. That portion of the 61 acres will be the project's entertainment district.
A new City Hall is planned for an area between the railroad and Main St. (just south of the Plaza Hotel) and will be connected to the project via a bridge across the tracks.
A performing arts venue and Alzheimer's treatment and research center have already been approved for Union Park. The Medical District will include the Lou Ruvo Alzheimers Research Center which will be designed by architect Frank Gehry.
3,600 affordable residential units will be divided among high-rises, brownstones, walk-ups (over retail) and lofts.
2.3 million square feet of office space and 420,000 square feet of retail space round out the plan.