Symphony Park (downtown's 61 acres)
This page was updated 6/10/11
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
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
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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
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
home of the
to build a
pools and a
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.
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
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
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.
Trade Centers page for more details and photos
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
more on our
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
Market Center, the Clark County Government Center
and the Las Vegas
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
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