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Month: May 2019

Las Vegas Raiders Address Parking Concerns by Purchasing Additional Land Near New $2 Billion Stadium

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Raiders officials announced this week that they have addressed potential parking concerns surrounding their stadium being constructed at Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue by purchasing additional areas of land in the area in order to convert it into additional parking, reports say. This land will add to the property’s 63-acre plot where the new $2 billion, 65,000-seat home of the Raiders is slated to open for the start of the team’s 2020 season.

The Las Vegas Raiders have addressed concerns over stadium parking by purchasing additional land expected to provide an additional 12,000 spots. Photo: Manica Architecture.

Accompanying the purchase and conversion of the new properties for parking purposes is also a comprehensive transportation plan for ferrying attendees to and from their vehicles; the move is expected to provide a large boost to the amount of parking available for the stadium, Raiders officials say. Currently, there are only 2,725 parking spots situated on the stadium property itself, but this move – Raiders management have purchased several plots of land adjacent to the stadium – is expected to provide approximately an additional 12,000 or so spaces nearby, as well as increase the number of the stadium’s on-site spaces to almost 6,000. With the Clark County requirement of at least 16,250 parking spaces at the stadium, this move will exceed that number by at least 1,700 or more.
Raiders management are working out deals with area casinos to lease out excess fields for events and overflow parking when needed, reports say.

Transportation options are being researched and proposed by Clark County and Raiders management for attendees parked at the off-site lots, including a pedestrian bridge and an underground “people mover” that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk’s the Boring Company recently won the $48.7 million bid to construct. Work on the people mover, which will involve a looping tunnel that shuttles attendees back and forth via electrical train cars, is stated to take just a year to complete.

Since the construction of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium was announced, one of the major issues that had generated concern was in regards to the parking available in the area, since much of the surrounding land is currently undeveloped. However, with the announcement of the additional land purchases by stadium management, these issues appear to have been adequately addressed, providing a viable solution that is expected to be ready for attendees in time for the Raiders’ 2020 opening day festivities.

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LVCVA Awards Elon Musk’s Boring Company Contract for Convention Center Underground Transit System

LAS VEGAS – Despite last-minute objections by two board members, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) voted on Wednesday last week to award the Boring Company – owned by technology entrepreneur, investor, engineer, and Tesla, Inc. co-founder Elon Musk – the contract to create and construct an underground transit system for the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The relatively inexperienced Boring Company (not yet having completed any significant project) won the contract with a $48.7 million bid for the mile-long “people mover” project, coming in both below their competitors’ bids as well as offering an accelerated construction schedule that beat out other companies vying for the job. Boring’s plans also presented less disruptions to events and activities currently taking place at the Convention Center, another attractive prospect to LVCVA board members.

The underground tunnel would focus on pedestrian transportation to and from the Convention Center, with Boring’s plan involving autonomous electric vehicles operating in a continuous loop that would ferry approximately 4,400 passengers every hour, reports say. Currently, the travel time by foot via the same route above-ground is an average of 15 minutes; the people mover would shorten that to just one minute, by Boring’s estimate.

While the favored company for several weeks now, Boring ran into a potential roadblock recently as two LVCVA board members objected to Musk’s company being awarded the contract, fearing the start-up would be unable to live up to their lofty promises. Instead, the two board members – Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Michelle Fiore – favored the bid from the more experienced Dopplemayr Garaventa, who they allowed a last-minute presentation involving an elevated rail system to the LVCVA board last week in order to potentially sway their votes. However, their efforts were unsuccessful; the board majority nonetheless voted to officially award the people mover contract to Boring.

If Musk’s company proves itself and successfully completes the new Las Vegas Convention Center transportation system – both on-time and on-budget – additional Vegas-based projects may be awarded to the company in the future, including a commercial tunnel.

To date, the Boring Company has made just one successful tunnel; a test project based in California, solely to be used for tunnel construction research purposes. Boring has proposed several projects in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, none of which have come to light.

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Elon Musk’s “The Boring Company” May Loose $48M Contract for Las Vegas People-Mover System

LAS VEGAS – The Boring Company – an infrastructure and tunnel construction company owned by technology entrepreneur, investor, engineer, and co-founder of Tesla, Inc. Elon Musk – is facing some stiff competition for the contract to design and build a people mover” system that would service the Las Vegas convention center, according to reports.

The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop will connect its new exhibit hall with the existing campus (North/Central/South Halls). Image Credit: Tvsdesign/Design Las Vegas and The Boring Company

A people mover is a type of small scale automated guide-way transit system, and in the case of the one envisioned for the convention center, it would only serve for local transport; while many people movers transport passengers from airports, downtown districts or theme parks to other destinations, the convention center’s dual-tunnel people mover would be more limited in scope, solely dedicated to servicing event attendees only.

Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, an Austrian company, had initially lost out to The Boring Company’s negotiated $48.7 million design-build bid on work for the people mover. However, some members of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board – which is due to vote on the approval of Boring’s contract – are having second thoughts, and are encouraging their members to give Doppelmayr’s proposal additional consideration, which is said to take a very different approach to the project than Musk’s company.

As opposed to Boring’s under-ground tunnel-based design, Doppelmayr has proposed an above-ground transport system with an estimated cost of $215 million; however, reports say that the work is now potentially able to be done for about $85 million instead. Despite the proposal costing more than Boring’s, some LVCVA board members are finding themselves partial to Doppelmayr’s extensive track record – the company has been in existence for over 125 years – as opposed to Boring, a relative newcomer that has only been doing business for three years, and the Las Vegas people-mover would represent its first major project.

However, Boring ’s estimate for the overall length of the project was not only considerably cheaper than their competitors, but mush faster as well, with President Steve Davis claiming the project could be completed within the span of one year.

LVCVA officials are hoping to have a transport system constructed while the convention center renovation is undergoing a $1.4 billion renovation, and to have the system completed in time for the January 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, according to officials. Doppelmayr has been invited to hold an additional presentation of their plans this week, but no final decision has been made on who will be awarded the people-mover contract.

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Las Vegas Estate of Late Comedian Jerry Lewis Coming Up for Auction; 1701 Waldman Ave, Las Vegas, NV – MLS #2073268

LAS VEGAS – Famed comedian Jerry Lewis had resided in Las Vegas for over 30 years before his death in August of 2017 at the age of 91. Recently, local real estate investor Jane Popple announced that his home would be going up for a public auction planned from May 25th through 27th.

Popple had previously purchased the home for $1.2 million from Jerry Lewis’s Widow, Sam, in 2018. Lewis’s daughter, Danielle, had grown up in the residence, and she and her mother had held an auction of much of the late comedian’s personal belongings and movie memorabilia earlier this year. The auction included over 400 items which netted $1,071,766.00 in proceeds.

Famed comedian Jerry Lewis in the 1960s. Lewis entertained millions of fans and was well known for hosting an annual Telethon raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, benefiting children who were affectionately known as “Jerry’s Kids.”

Located near Interstate 15 and Charleston Boulevard in the affluent Scotch 80s neighborhood, the 7,325 square foot house comes in at two stories and boasts five grand bathrooms. There is a casita – a small house unconnected to the main house used for guests or as a changing room – as well as an office, a large in-ground pool, and an expansive backyard that the property’s listing says is ideal for entertaining guests. In fact, over the years the residence has been host to a variety of parties and get-togethers featuring many well-known celebrities and Las Vegas dignitaries of whom were entertained in the extensive bar located in the house’s family room. The list price is $1.8M.

An enthusiast of the color red, Lewis would often wear a red shirt or sweater while performing; his former Las Vegas home also reflected this color aesthetic, with many of the carpets, appliances, and pieces of furniture crimson in color, giving the accommodations a bright, warm, and inviting sensibility.

An enthusiast of the color red, his former Las Vegas home also reflected this color aesthetic, with many of the carpets, appliances, and pieces of furniture crimson in color. 1701 Waldman Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102. MLS #2073268

The Scotch 80s neighborhood itself is considered well-to-do, with the median price of a single-family home coming in at over $734,000.00. The neighborhood has seen a variety of celebrities and well-known businessman calling it home since the 1950s, including Howard Hughes, Steve Wynn, singer Phyllis McGuire, Carolyn Goodman, and more.

Jerry Lewis entertained millions of fans after appearing in dozens of comedy films and television shows over decades, often with his friend and partner Dean Martin, himself another famous Las Vegas entertainer and comedian. Lewis was also well known for hosting an annual Labor Day Telethon that raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, benefiting children who were affectionately known as “Jerry’s Kids.”

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Focus on Downtown Las Vegas Construction Bringing Influx of Jobs to Area, Many With Higher-Than-Average Wages

LAS VEGAS – The Vegas economy continues to have its fires stoked with a renewed focus on development in recent months, centered on construction projects in the famed downtown district. With a renewed emphasis on renovating existing facilities and building new ones, hundreds of employment opportunities have been made available, and due to tight deadlines these projects impose, many jobs need to be filled quickly and often for higher-than-average wages. 

Experts are predicting that within the next ten years, real estate in the Las Vegas valley will become some of the most valuable in all of Southern Nevada. File photo: Pixabay.

Essentially, if you’re looking to find a job and aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty, it’s a win-win situation for all involved. Penta Building Group is currently heavily involved in the construction of the Expo at World Market Center in Vegas’ downtown region; reports estimate that at least 500 jobs are being made available in order to bring the $100 million project to life, both on-time and on-budget. Reportedly the jobs offered run the gamut from skilled tradesman such as electricians and plumbers to rank-and-file laborers, the very backbone of any construction project.

Another project in the works is a hotel dubbed Circa, owned by developer Derek Stevens and slated for construction in the valley. Currently, the project is in need of 1500 workers, and is being heralded as one of the first casinos built in the downtown Las Vegas region in decades. In addition, reports also indicate that two large apartment complexes are going to be soon erected in Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, with the twin facilities known as Aspen Heights and Southernland.

Still more jobs are up for grabs from hotels and casinos that are in the midst of giving themselves a face-lift; renovations and upgrades are happening all over the downtown area and along the Las Vegas strip in order to offer more entertainment options and amenities for the growing tourist population that visit the city on an annual basis.

With all of this construction and the many jobs it will create, comes at a period of time where prices for real estate in downtown Las Vegas are currently on the rise. In fact, within the next 10 years, experts are predicting that real estate in the Las Vegas valley area will become some of the most valuable in all of Southern Nevada; with that being the case, many companies are now pouring development efforts – and dollars – into developing in the area while it is still relatively affordable.

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Florida-Based Real Estate Firm Acquires Two Vegas Strip Malls

LAS VEGAS – Pebb Enterprises, a Florida-based real estate firm, has been on a bit of a buying tear in Las Vegas as of late, seemingly investing a serious amount of capital in the city’s retail infrastructure; a bold move, according to experts, considering the at-times shaky nature of the real estate scene in Southern Nevada – and the country as a whole.

Ian Weiner, PEBB President & CEO, said in a statement that the acquisition of Rainbow Promenade and Cheyenne Commons firmly cements PEBB’s presence in the Las Vegas market.

Last month Pebb purchased Rainbow Promenade, a retail plaza located at the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Smoke Ranch Road. The plaza, coming in at 220,279 square-feet, sits on a 22-acre plot of land and recently underwent $5,000,000 in renovation work. The shopping center is almost completely occupied, and features high-profile tenants such as Barnes and Noble and Hobby Lobby. Only 2 percent of retail space remains for rent, according to reports, and business overall is said to be brisk in the shopping center.

This represents a significant turnaround for Rainbow Promenade fortunes; in 2013, the plaza was in foreclosure, but according to recent reports, it has regained its financial composure and currently boasts strong and consistent sales.

This acquisition follows Pebb’s purchase of Cheyenne Commons in March, a retail center situated on a 35 acre plot of land located one mile up the road. While reportedly a solid purchase, Cheyenne Commons does not currently feature nearly-full occupation like Rainbow Promenade does.

Some experts question Pabb’s increased investment in retail during a period where brick-and-mortar stores are being forced to endure increased competition from online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, entities that typically are able to sell goods at far cheaper prices while enjoying reduced overhead costs. With the recent announcement of Amazon offering free one-day shipping in the near-future to Prime members, retail in general appears to be facing an uphill battle in our country going forward.

As a result of the increased competition from online retailers, physical stores have increasingly faced financial hardship, with many closing their doors almost as quickly as they first opened. For example, a recent report revealed that it is estimated that approximately one-half of all shopping malls currently open today may be closed within the next 10 years, which is a sobering reality of today’s retail climate.

Pebb representatives noted in a statement that the retail establishments in Rainbow Promenade frequently feature strong sales numbers, and that the majority of the tenants in the plaza have recently-renewed lease agreements. The strip mall itself is in a highly visible location, close to populated residential areas and busy roadways. These factors, along with others, may prove to be saving graces for the retail scene in Vegas, and prove that Pebb’s investment, at least for now, is a solid one.

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Las Vegas Stadium Crews Set to Enter “Most Dangerous” Phase of Construction for Future Home of Raiders Football Team

LAS VEGAS – Work on the Las Vegas Stadium – the near-future home of the famed Oakland Raiders National Football League (NFL) team – has entered what the reports are referring to as the “most difficult” and “most dangerous” phase of its ongoing construction efforts. Since breaking ground on the new $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium on Nov. 13, building crews are set to begin elevating 22 canopy trusses – each weighing 65 tons apiece – in order to affix them to the rim of the stadium at its highest points, many of which are as high as 120 feet off the ground.

These efforts require complex and exceedingly precise work between multiple departments involved in the construction of the stadium, such as the engineers, supervisors, iron workers, and more, all while taking into consideration the weather on any given day as rain or even minor shifts in wind velocity can have a major effect when working with the canopy trusses at such heights. Reports note that work can only take place at times when winds are lower than a sustained 17 miles per hour, for example. Regardless, lifting and affixing the canopy trusses will be relatively unique each and every time it is done, with work crews having to take into consideration any number of random variables that may not have been anticipated during the initial planning stages.

In addition, the canopy trusses must be put in place with extreme precision in order to incorporate them into the enormous translucent roof of the stadium, which will enable natural light to permeate the interior in order to give attendees the feeling of being outdoors. The roof is currently slated to be constructed on the floor of the stadium, and once the canopy trusses are in place, the roof will be lifted and affixed to them. Placement of the canopy trusses is slated to be completed by July 31.

Work on the stadium is currently going according to schedule, reports say, with anticipation of the Raiders playing the opening game of their 2020 season there. Anticipation of a major NFL team now calling Las Vegas home has helped to spark the local Las Vegas economy, driving businesses and tourism to the region and greatly increasing the city’s fortunes since its come back from the mid-2000s recession.

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Las Vegas Home Buyers Facing Better Financial Prospects This Spring, According to Recent Reports

LAS VEGAS – The soaring real estate market in Las Vegas has been the very epitome of a comeback success story, given the near-decade of stagnation it was previously forced to endure in the mid-2000s when the recession hit our country. But that success was the equivalent of a double-edged sword. While the real estate market – and subsequently, it’s prices – continue to soar month after month, those growing prices can eventually run in direct contrast with the fact that the region is touted as being one of the more affordable places to live in the country, especially when compared to neighboring states such as California. As a result, recently, sales have begun to slow and inventory has begun to gradually stockpile. The median price of a single-family home on the market has cracked $300,000 for the first time in years; this represents an affordability problem that real estate brokers are now starting to address. Subsequently, the upcoming spring sale season looks to be one that will be exceedingly kind to buyers once again. According to reports, mortgage rates have been falling and sellers are cutting prices, which experts believe will result in an upswing in purchases in the coming months. With businesses flocking to Las Vegas amid its current economic boom, a record number of new families have been transplanting themselves to the area in order to take advantage. With a great many people arriving within a relatively short amount of time, sellers originally did their best to take advantage by driving prices up; prices which most people were willing to pay, but only to a point. It seems that point has been reached, and in order to ensure continued growth, brokers are realizing that they need to scale their ambitions back in order to help Las Vegas retain its reputation for affordability and quality of life. Up until this point, Las Vegas had led the nation in real estate price growth on a month-to-month and year-to-year basis, according to reports. But the writing is on the wall- according to a recent report, 2621 single family homes were purchased in the region in March 2019, representing a 33.3 percent increase from February 2019, but a decrease of 16.8 percent from the same period in 2018. However, changes are in the works. For example, the average rate of a 30-year mortgage in March 2019 was 4.27 percent, which represents a decrease of .60 percent from November 2018, according to reports. In addition, real estate brokers have learned to be more flexible in their negotiations, which are allowing them to close more deals. It’s obvious that when selling a property it’s always good to maximize your profits; it’s just a matter of finding the correct balance between profitability and affordability, an issue that Las Vegas is being forced to address at this point. However, all signs are pointing towards a positive outcome for sellers and buyers alike at this point. Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Innovative “Box Home” Manufacturer Looking to Set Up Shop in Las Vegas; Raising $30 Million to Establish First Factory

LAS VEGAS – Boxabl, an innovative new company that develops what they refer to as a “universal building box” – a fully customizable building system they claim allows for “true mass production” of buildings – is looking for the perfect location to set up their first facility, and they currently have their eyes set squarely on Las Vegas as their main candidate.

Boxabl notes that the company developed boxes can be mass produced in a factory; these boxes are essentially pre-made rectangular rooms that can be shipped flat – only 8.5 feet wide – to a building construction site, “unfolded,” and then incorporated into the structure, allowing for higher quality buildings at lower prices. The universal Boxabl box is a 20’x40’x9.5′ room that can be stacked, combined, modified, sub divided and finished to create almost any style of building at a fraction of the cost of a regular build, according to Boxabl.

If these boxes work according to plan, experts say, they could reduce average construction times by months and building costs by thousands, which would result in lower-cost homes and buildings by as much as 30 percent or more. The boxes – made from laminated expanded foam and cement board – would only be sold directly to construction companies and developers – not individuals, according to reports, as the average individual would not possess the know-how or support to properly utilize the system. The box construction and materials, Boxabl notes, make the rooms fire-resistant, impact-resistant, and weather-resistant.

Boxabl was founded in 2017, and was heavily noticed at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas after they showed off a box prototype. Currently, the company is in the process of raising $30 million to establish their first factory, which they want to set up in North Las Vegas, an epicenter of business and industrial development in recent years. If successful, the Boxabl factory would be located on a plot of land at least 40 to 50 acres in size, with their innovative boxes eventually becoming one of the largest and most-well-known products produced in Southern Nevada.

Time will tell, however, if Boxabl’s boxes gain the traction the company hopes for; if they do, the construction industry could be revolutionized.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.