Last Wednesday the Clark County commissioners met to hear plans calling for transforming the neighborhood around Allegiant Stadium into an entrainment, retail restaurant and bars district. As the are is now it is a mostly an industrial building area.
An entertainment district would hopefully attract people even when the stadium isn’t hosting an event, Greg Cerven, senior planner of the Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning, told commissioners. The Plans call for changing the layout of roads in the area into walkable streets. Streets would be broken up into smaller blocks, with public spaces and art to create a more pedestrian-friendly area. Enhanced lighting and wider sidewalks are also needed for pedestrian use.
Creven also noted the desire to add “complete streets” that include bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes, accessible enhanced public transportation stops, more narrow travel lanes, median islands and frequent pedestrian crossings.
Also the plan calls for any new buildings in the area to be along the street, with parking pushed behind them, to create a livelier area, with people and activity from restaurants and bars occurring streetside.
This plan is result of several public meetings and surveys conducted to see how stakeholders and residents envision the area developing around the $2 billion facility.
“We learned that people wanted the district to be a mixed-use community,” Cerven said. “They want it to be a safe environment with amenities, such as entertainment or restaurant uses. They wanted the district to be family friendly, a place they’re comfortable to bring their children to.”
Projections call for 24,000 fans walking to the stadium — mainly from the Strip — on large event days. Another 12,627 people are expected to drive to a nearby parking lot and walk the rest of the way to the stadium; 11,343 would take a ride- hailing service or taxicab to the area; about 7,000 fans would park at the stadium; and around 6,000 people would park remotely and shuttle in.
The remaining fans are projected to take a shuttle from a hotel property, a limousine or utilize Regional Transportation Commission options.
Plans call for including traditional travel modes such as RTC buses and bike lanes and innovative options such as the Boring Co.’s underground transportation system known as the Vegas Loop.
In Cerven’s presentation a map includes sites of possible Vegas Loop stations. One is shown at the stadium near the parking lot on the southwest corner of Russell Road and Polaris Avenue. Five other proposed station locations are nearby, including one near the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Valley View and four along the Strip from Luxor to Mandalay Bay.
This plan for the area around Allegiant stadium will not happen overnight. However this plan is a blueprint of what would work nicely for the area,
However the district shapes up, it won’t happen overnight. The plan is just a blueprint for what would work in the area.
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