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Bordering Downtown Las Vegas' west edge, is a never before developed, 61 contiguous acres now called Symphony Park (formerly known as Union Park).  The 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.

Current plans include letting different developers have pieces of it to develop, this would give it a more "city-like" look and feel than it would have if one developer created the whole area.




                       
Symphony Park 11/30/09                                                             7/15/08                                                            5/23/10
Photos by Mark Adams


NEWS AND VIEWS


News 11/14/10   Sports Arena plan may be return to Symphony Park.  The photo (below) shows the proposed location Read more and comment on the blog  The World Jewelry Center would get a new location in the area.



News 4/25/08    Groundbreaking Ceremony for the infrastructure of Union Park


To help spur development of the 61-acre Symphony Park "urban center", the city of Las Vegas shoved the ceremonial shovels in the dirt, signaling the beginning of construction of the infrastructure.  Underground electric, water, and gas lines - sewers, streets, and curbs have probably never had such a fanfare.   



Conceptual rendering (just a density study) 2/2007

 


                                
Latest Plan 4/2009                                                                                 Previous City Plan 2/2007

 
Plan Shows new City Hall, Forest City's Live/work
and Forest City's Casino Resort in Symphony Park

click images to enlarge

 

 
 
Projects Within Symphony Park
 

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Construction is well under way on a 58,000-square-foot building that will serve as the future home of the DISCOVERY Children's Museum, located adjacent to The Smith Center in Symphony Park. This relocation will yield a bigger museum, all new exhibits and even more enhanced programming.

   

Forest City Casino Hotel

Forest City has agreed to build a boutique 1,000-room casino hotel in Symphony Park upon the completion of the new City Hall. The rendering (left) shows an iconic tower, destined to be the centerpiece of the downtown skyline.

The 47-story resort is slated to have 120,000 square feet of casino space, 90,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, meeting space, swimming pools and a spa/health club facility.

 

  

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

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The Charlie Palmer

Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer is still planning on building a luxury condo-hotel in Vegas, but the location has changed. The new digs will be on 3.5 acres in the 61-acre Union Park development area, directly across Symphony Park from the (soon to be built) Smith Center for the Performing Arts. 

Palmer and City-Core-Development are aiming this 300+-room, 11-story project at the micro-market customers who are looking for a five-star, non-gaming, intimate hotel. 

The rendering (left) is the latest concept for the site. The mid-century-modern design is perfect for this project. Juxtaposed with the Smith Center's 1920's style, the Union Park area will look more like a well established downtown than a newly developed area.

Groundbreaking for the project has been delayed until 2012.
 

 

 
The World Jewelry Center, an iconic, state-of-the-art tower with approximately one million square feet of mixed-use space, will be one of the largest jewelry hubs on the planet. Located in downtown's Symphony Park, the new center will combine the corporate offices of domestic and international gem and jewelry companies.

The latest proposal is for an 800-foot-tall tower, the tallest building in Las Vegas. 

Visit our Trade Centers page for more details
 

 



World Market Center , Destined to become the largest furniture and home goods trade center in the world. The first two buildings are open and phase three is under construction. The eight phase plan will top-out at more than 12 million square feet of space.

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Lou Ruvo Brain Center for Brain Health, Renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Pritzker Prize-winning creator of stunningly angular, metallic-skinned structures such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, has been commissioned to design a building in Las Vegas.

This project in under construction see much more on our Ruvo Center page
 

   

  





 Rendering of the older plan

 


 The previous plan included a stadium
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History and Progress of Union Park

News 5/12/06: New plans for 61 Acres to be Discussed.

Mayor Goodman is hell-bent on doing the right thing with the vacant 61 acres on the west side of downtown. The latest plans (to be 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 that will be vital, lasting and age well. The bulk of this area 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 or football stadium in Las Vegas are still in play for a different location (possibly near Cashman Field).

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.

3,600 affordable"ish" residential units will be divided among high-rises, brownstones, walk-ups (over retail) and lofts.

The Medical District will include the Alzheimer's research center

2.3 million square feet of office space and 420,000 square feet of retail space round out the plan.

News 10/07/05: Related backs out of Union Park development.

Related Group, the folks behind the Las Rambles, Icon and the
World Market Center, were not able to meet Mayer Goodman's lofty goals for Union Park, With the other projects, Related has too much on their plate and Goodman wants to get this project started right away.

Related was to develop the housing and retail elements of Union park. Those aspects of this project are not up for grabs.

Goodman said other developed projects within Union Park, such as a performing arts center, an Alzheimer's research center and a new City Hall aren't affected by the failure to reach an agreement with Related.

Related attributed the breakdown of the deal to the rising costs of construction and is still bullish on downtown development. Goodwin expects other developers to line up for the chance to develop Union Park.
 

 

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