Symphony Park high-lights State of the City address

Symphony Park high-lights State of the City address (KSNV)

Las Vegas is growing in 2018. A long undeveloped property will soon see shovels in the ground.

Symphony Park is the home of the Smith Center, Children’s Museum, and the Cleveland Clinic but its largely undeveloped. The recession halted development plans for years, then a plan to build a Major League Soccer stadium stalled after a lack of support for public funding.

But on Thursday, Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced a flurry of activity at the site.

City Council just approved a 300 unit multifamily building. They also opened up a number of construction-ready plots on site. The new owners of the World Market Center are in talks with the City to expand and bring in convention center space.

Derek Stevens, owner of The D and other downtown properties purchased two lots on the northeast corner of the property and while details are scarce, the Mayor said he has the only Hotel and Casino property on site.

The State of the City address also focused on new technologies that will make the City a “smart city”. And Mayor Goodman pushed a “Citywide development plan” citing limited land available and the need to be strategic in development.

The lasting impression may be from the beginning of the speech when the Mayor applauded the strength of the community following the One October tragedy.

"Nor shall we be deterred from living full and meaningful lives,” Mayor Goodman said, “dedicated to building a stronger community that focuses on purposeful and the shared beliefs in a good humanity-- a belief in who and what Las Vegas is, and for that matter which we aspire to be."

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