While development remains fairly moribund in the rest of the Las Vegas valley, there's suddenly a diverse array of projectsin various states of planning and completion downtown.
Here are just a few --
The Econo Lodge at 1150 Las Vegas Blvd. south is being sold to a non-profit group which will link up with the Las Vegas Urban League, Lutheran Social Services of Nevada and other non-profits to offer transitional housing for veterans along with medical and social services for that population.
Variety Early Learning Center will move from 990 D St. to the former Nevada State Museum at 700 Twin Lakes Drive, for kids from 2 months to school age to help them prepare for kindergarten.
The Las Vegas Gateway Project will add a commercial development that will revitalize the area while retaining it's Latin feel. There is approval for a 90,595 square foot shopping center at at the Northwest corner of Charleston and Fremont.
At the same intersection, there is approval for 85 Urban Loft townhouse units.
Simon Malls received approval to build a 159,250 square foot addition to the existing outlet mall and expand the parking garage.
After years of financial limbo, Juhl Lofts at 4th St. and Bonneville Ave. seems ready to go.
There is approval for a 14 story mixed use building with 257 units and 7,580 square feet of commercial space at Casino Center and Coolidge Ave. and approval for a 1,200 unit residential project at Charleston and 4th St.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans a big office building at Las Vegas Blvd. and Clark. Perhaps employees will want to live near work and will push up housing demand downtown.
The Zappo's affiliated Downtown Project has proposed a much discussed shipping container development at Fremont and 7th Sts. The project will use actual steel shipping containers for bars, restaurants and such.
And here's hoping -- Solterra, a British Columbia based company, has approvals for 2 buildings at Hoover and first St. -- a 50 story mixed use tower with 700 units and 15,000 square feet of commercial space, and a 14 story mixed use tower with 130 units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space.