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Las Vegas Droughts Cause Water Authority to Vote to Limit New Residential Pool Sizes

Las Vegas Droughts Cause Water Authority to Vote to Limit New Residential Pool Sizes

LAS VEGAS, NV – Citing ongoing droughts in the region, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) board of directors last Thursday voted 7-0 to support a proposal that, if passed, would limit the construction of new residential pools to 600 square feet; this supports a similar recommendation recently made by the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

Despite opposition from local businesses and homeowners, Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones noted that the water situation in Southern Nevada is reaching a critical juncture at the moment, necessitating the move to limit new pool sizes.

 “We’re in a water crisis,” he said. “We don’t have the luxury of nonfunctional pools right now.”

The Las Vegas Valley Water District had previously voted last Tuesday to approve a service rule change – including the ability to enforce it – that would limit new pools to 600 square feet; this would affect any projects where the construction permits were obtained after September 1, 2022.

But while the SNWA voted to approve a similar measure last Thursday, the agency currently lacks the ability to enforce its ruling; it is merely a show of support for the Las Vegas Valley Water District’s new initiative.

Other municipalities in Southern Nevada are set to vote upon similar measures in the coming months in response to water shortages, including Boulder City in August and North Las Vegas and Henderson in September.

However, stakeholder groups have been critical of the process to establish the new limits on pool construction size; despite the SNWA inviting over 100 pool developers to meetings in March and June, Terence Thornton – project manager at Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc. – said that many have stated they felt “shut out” of the process.

“We reached out to SNWA staff and were granted a Zoom meeting,” he said. “During that meeting, we were told that a 600 square-foot size limitation was pretty much a done deal.”

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Nevada HAND Breaks Ground on Largest Multi-Family Apartment Community, Decatur Commons

Two New Affordable Housing Complexes Set to Open Amid Skyrocketing Las Vegas Rents

LAS VEGAS, NV – Amid skyrocketing rents in Las Vegas driving very real cost-of-living concerns, two new affordable housing apartment complexes – both being constructed by the same developer – are set to open soon, allowing families and individuals on a budget a way to put a roof over their heads.

Decatur Commons Family and Decatur Commons Senior – neighboring buildings located at Decatur Boulevard and U.S. Highway 95 near Meadows Mall that are being developed by Nevada HAND will offer 480 residential units between them both when the $110 million project is completed.

Nevada HAND President and CEO Audra Hamernik noted on Friday that development on both apartment complexes will be finished by August; tenants have already started to rent and move into units in February, she said.

Las Vegas has a very real need for more affordable housing options for its residents; high demand, limited inventory, and rapidly-rising prices have created a serious issue for many families looking for a place to live that fits within their budgets, already stretched thin by record-breaking national inflation. However, Hamernik said the company is doing whatever it can to cater to families priced out of the typical Vegas real estate market.

Currently, the average rent for a home in the region was $1,847 in May, representing a 18.8 percent increase from the same period of time one year prior; however, as per Hamernik, the average rent of a unit in one of Nevada HAND’s properties is just $733 per month.

Hamernik said that Nevada HAND receives constant contact from Las Vegas residents looking for affordable housing options; the company currently has a portfolio in the city spanning 4,700 units, but vacancies are rare due to the highly-competitive pricing.

“The demand is just outpacing our supply,” she said.

For more information on the coming Decatur Commons Family and Decatur Commons Senior communities visit https://www.nevadahand.org or call them at (702) 739-3345.

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Dream Las Vegas Luxury Hotel

$550 Million “Dream Las Vegas” Luxury Hotel and Casino Breaks Ground for 2024 Opening

LAS VEGAS, NV – Ground was officially broken last Friday on Dream Las Vegas, a swanky new $550 million luxury hotel and casino complex situated upon the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip that is slated to open its doors for business in 2024.

Originally announced in February of 2020, Southern California firms Shopoff Realty Investments and Contour will now begin development in earnest on the 20-story establishment which, when completed, will encompass 531 guestrooms and suites. There will also be numerous amenities for guests, such as a third-level pool deck, a bar and lounge concept on the gaming floor, restaurants, nightlife options, meeting and event space, and more.

The hotel is being built upon a vacant 5.25-acre plot of land located at 5051 South Las Vegas Boulevard that Shopoff and Contour originally purchased for $21 million from Fort Lauderdale-based real estate firm Lily Funds; the property sale closed on February 14, 2020.

However, construction on the project was initially delayed for undisclosed reasons – but presumably due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic – based on a quote from Shopoff Realty Investments’ President and CEO William Shopoff when the project was first announced.

“We anticipate breaking ground late this year, probably more likely early next year,” he said back in 2020.

The hotel will be managed by New York-based Dream Hotel Group, according to Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein, and said that Dream would present a unique destination for inhabitants and visitors to Las Vegas when it opens in 2024.

“When open, Dream Las Vegas will be unlike anything else currently available on the Las Vegas Strip, offering a new go-to destination for locals and out-of-town pleasure seekers alike,” he said.

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Freemont Street in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Casino Operator Red Rock Announces Development of New Wildfire Casino, Durango Resort

LAS VEGAS, NV – The parent company of casino operator Red Rock, Station Casinos, has announced that a new Wildfire Casino is currently under construction in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street, with the opening date still to be determined.

According to a statement released by the company this week, Station Casinos “is excited to bring a new Wildfire Casino with fresh new amenities to the local residents of downtown Las Vegas.” The new establishment is being developed upon the former location of the old Castaways Hotel and Casino, the land of which has been owned by Red Rock for the past 18 years.

Red Rock currently operates multiple venues in Las Vegas under the Station Casinos umbrella, including gaming properties in Summerlin and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. However, Wildfire Casino remains the organization’s most prominent brand in the region, with 10 of the venues already up and running, including seven in Henderson alone.

Wildfire Casinos typically cater to local area residents as opposed to tourists, and offer a plethora of casual gaming options such as slot machines and video poker, in addition to numerous casual and affordable restaurant options.

Red Rock has been increasing their presence in Southern Nevada after a large infusion of cash from their sale of the Palms in 2021, which went for the impressive sum of $650 million. In addition to the Wildfire Casino, the company also began development of the Durango Resort in Southwest Las Vegas earlier in 2022.  

The Durango, which is being developed at the intersection of Durango Drive and Interstate 215 in the southwest Las Vegas valley, is estimated to be completed in 18 to 24 months, and will boast a 73,000 square-foot casino, sportsbook, a 200-room hotel, four restaurants, and meeting space.

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MSG Sphere

‘Largest Spherical Structure On Earth’ Hits Major Construction Milestone as Workers Top Off Venue

LAS VEGAS, NV – One of Las Vegas’ most unique and eye-catching entertainment venues hit a major milestone in its construction this week, as construction crews working on the MSG Sphere topped off its steel exosphere on Tuesday, placing it one step closer to meeting its 2023 opening date.

Over 1,400 members of the construction crew held a celebration of the venue’s progress – which has been in development since 2016 – by signing a steel beam that was then affixed to the top of the sphere, which represented the “completion of primary structural work on the project,” according to developer MSG Entertainment.

When completed, the MSG Sphere will be a 400,000-square-foot, 18,000-seat, 366-foot-tall, 516 foot wide, globe-shaped arena – the largest spherical structure on Earth, according to the company – located on 63 acres of property located behind the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The exterior of the sphere will feature 36 miles of variable intensity LED lighting – the aforementioned exosphere – enabling the structure to allow outside spectators to peer through a transparent facade to watch the concert within; at higher lighting intensities, outside vision will be obscured.

The attendee capacity of the MSG Sphere will be scalable, MSG Entertainment said, ranging from approximately 17,500 seated to 20,000 with a mix of seated and standing. The venue will typically not feature sporting events, but rather cater to musical performances and concerts; however, the occasional boxing or MMA contest could be held there if needed.

MSG Entertainment, though a wholly-owned subsidiary, has been handling the “strategic planning and the construction timeline, as well as management of all subcontractors,” with the previous construction manager, an engineering firm called AECOM, serving the project in a supporting role.

Originally slated to be opened in 2020, the project had fallen behind scheduling estimates, but is now on-track for its revised 2023 opening date.

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Aerial Mandalay Bay

26 Acres Along Las Vegas Strip Across from Mandalay Bay Now on Market for $182 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – 26 acres of land located along the south edge of the famed Las Vegas Strip, the site of a proposed – and failed – Ferris wheel project is now on the open market, with the property owners asking for $7 million per acre, for a total of $182 million.

Real estate brokerage CBRE Group now has the property for sale, which includes land that was originally slated to be the home of SkyVue, an observation wheel project that was started but never completed; currently, the only indication that the project ever existed at all is the presence of two concrete columns, with the effort never advancing past that stage.

The SkyVue property has been offered on the market previously, most recently when it was purchased four years ago via bankruptcy court by Seattle-area businessman Wayne Perry via a credit bid.

However, experts anticipate that the property will most likely fetch top-dollar in the current marketplace, as the Vegas Strip has recently exploded in terms of development following the waning days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, the latest offering comes as real estate sales and development plans gain momentum in and around Las Vegas’ famed casino corridor, amid the tourism industry’s continued rebound from the pandemic. The property’s close proximity to prominent sports venues – such as Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena – as well as the Tropicana hotel-casino should make it especially attractive to investors.

To sweeten the deal, the SkyVue property offering also includes a separately-owned apartment complex.

As originally envisioned, the SkyVue project would have encompassed a 500-foot-tall observation wheel, a roller coaster and retail and restaurant space. However, if purchased, the current property owner doubts that any buyer would consider restarting SkyVue; instead, they feel that the new owners would most likely knock down the two existing concrete columns to make way for a hotel casino.

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pinnacle residences at macdonald highlands

$900 Million Luxury Condo Project in Henderson’s MacDonald Highlands Approved by City Council

LAS VEGAS, NV – The private guard-gated MacDonald Highlands is set to receive a new $900 million luxury resort-style condominium development, as the Henderson City Council has officially granted their approval for the project, with construction expected to commence in early June of this year.

Pinnacle Residences at MacDonald Highlands – the name bestowed upon the new high-rise condo project, the first of its kind to be built in the valley since the mid-2000’s recession – is ready to go now that the City Council has given the green light to a development agreement, zoning changes, tentative maps and a design review.

The 11-acre project, which will be co-developed by Las Vegas and Mexico-based Azure Resorts and Canada- and New York-based Luxus Development, will consist of two towers with 171 luxury condo units split between them. In addition, there will also be 10 single-family luxury homes built upon the property as well, along with two model homes two blocks away; work on the model homes is expected to commence within 90 days, with a completion deadline set within 14 months.

Azure President and Founder Jim Reilly notes that the project already has multiple reservations, despite the fact that the firm has yet to do any advertising; currently, Pinnacle Residences is still accepting fully-refundable reservations – in amounts anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 – for interested parties.

The initial terrain blasting is expected to begin in June, with full construction on the project – starting with foundation work – commencing in either December 2022 or January 2023. The initial 24-story tower is slated to take 27 months to complete, with an anticipated opening in the second quarter of 2025; the second 25-story tower will take an additional 44 to 60 days to finish afterwards.

Currently, prices are anticipated to start “at the $2 million range and go up in excess of $20 million,” according to Reilly, who said that the community is aiming to appeal to empty-nesters in the 45-to-65 age range.

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INDEPENDENCE

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Conversion of Las Vegas Golf Course to 1,600-Home Development

LAS VEGAS, NV – The former Royal Links golf course is finally on its way to providing numerous affordable homes for Southern Nevada residents, having recently held its officially groundbreaking ceremony to signify that impending start of construction efforts for the eastern Las Vegas Valley-based housing tract.

Touchstone Living founder Tom McCormick, who purchased the shuttered Royal Links golf course in December 2021 for $33.7 million, said that the new housing community his company will be building – now dubbed Independence – is currently due to commence on the third quarter of 2022, initially starting with model homes to entice buyers before moving on to the proper homes they will be offering.

Already, the grass from the original golf course has been removed, with the landscape now covered with various pieces of construction equipment in anticipation of the start of work, which is expected to produce up to 1,600 homes, in addition to numerous residential amenities, such as parks, pools, and playgrounds.

Independence – located along Vegas Valley Drive east of Nellis Boulevard – is hoping to attract first-time buyers and will offer homes in the $200,000 price range; McCormick has noted there are no other projects producing new homes in Southern Nevada in such a buyer-friendly price range.

To drive home that point, those attending the groundbreaking on Monday were wearing blue-and-white Independence shirts with the slogan “why rent?” on them, touting the affordability that the new community will be offering to local residents.

In Southern Nevada, home development is predominantly carried out in suburban areas such as the southwest valley, Summerlin and Henderson; in comparison, the east valley is relatively ignored by developers, allowing the 162-acre Independence a degree of distinction among its peers.

The affordable prices that Independence will be offering for housing will run in direct contrast with the average median home price in Las Vegas, which recently hit $483,000 in March.

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.

fields

Construction Under Way on 40-Acre Tule Springs Regional Park in City of North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – The city of North Las Vegas is set to be the recipient of a new 40-acre park located in the vicinity of the 215 Beltway and Revere Street, and when it’s completed the facility is slated to be one of the city’s largest parks offering a wide variety of amenities for local residents.

Tule Springs Regional Park, which will be situated between Dorrell Lane and Deer Springs Way, will take approximately two years to build, and when it is completed and open for public use, it will include numerous family-friendly features, including:

  • Four baseball/softball fields
  • Three soccer/multi-use fields
  • A playground
  • A splashpad
  • Basketball courts
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Trails
  • Shade structures
  • Restrooms

Cass Palmer, director of parks for North Las Vegas, said that Tule Springs Regional Park will have a little something for everyone, no matter what they are looking for in an outdoor recreational experience.

“Between the athletics and the play features, I think anybody of any age is going to go out there and have fun,” he said.

The construction of the park will be a welcome addition to the several new housing developments that have sprung up in recent years in North Las Vegas. Currently, residents in that area are suffering from a lack of neighboring outdoor recreational spaces, so the news of Tule Springs Regional Park will certainly be welcome, and will assist with future population growth in the area.

“Where are we now, and where do we need to be for the next 10-15 years to support the growth?” Palmer asked, adding that “desert landscaping” will be used wherever possible at Tule Springs due to the notoriously dry climate in Las Vegas.

“We’re integrating the legislative mandate for xeriscaping for all of our parks and trails. We’re anticipating the use of artificial grass in a lot of areas,” he said. “We’ve found a couple of grasses that the SNWA (Southern Nevada Water Authority) prefers. Requires less watering.”

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.

UnCommons Las Vegas

Phase Two of Las Vegas “UnCommons” Mixed-Use Project Officially Breaks Ground

LAS VEGAS, NV – UnCommons – a large mixed-used facility currently under development in southwestern Las Vegas – has officially entered phase two of its construction after having fully leased the buildings that were erected during the first phase.

Upon completion, UnCommons – located at Durango Drive and the 215 Beltway in the southwest valley – will essentially be a mini-city within a city, consisting of 500,000 square feet of offices, in addition to restaurants, health and fitness studios, relaxation options, and over 830 residential units.

The concept behind the development is that it will be a space where the various employees working for the businesses located there will have numerous solutions to all of their needs – living space, entertainment, exercise, and more – right there at their fingertips.

Phase one of the $400 million project – which broke ground in August 2020 after a series of delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic – consisted of two office buildings, two parking garages, and food and beverage space.

According to Matter Real Estate Group – the company behind UnCommon’s development – the first office tenants will start opening for business in June, with food-and-beverage outlets starting in July; currently, the company notes that retail options at UnCommons are approximately 90 percent leased.

The second phase will add an additional two office buildings, a third parking garage, and a building called The Assembly, which will offer 5,000 square-feet of conference center space to accommodate up to 250 people, as well as food catering provided by the various eateries located in UnCommons itself.

Experts are expecting the UnCommons project – with its proposed goal of catering to the extensive needs of a diverse cross-section of the professional population – to make quite a splash when it is completed.

Phase two of construction for UnCommons is slated to be completed in summer 2023.

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.

Auric

Nashville Developer to Build Downtown Las Vegas Luxury Apartment Complexes

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Nashville developer that has already opened one luxury apartment complex in downtown Las Vegas last year has just announced plans to construct a second apartment complex in the same area, adding to their already impressive portfolio in Southern Nevada.

Symphony Park was announced by Southern Land Company, with work on the project expected to begin in fall of 2022. The current plan for Symphony Park is for a complex that encompasses over 500 units spread out amongst a five-story building and a 22-story tower; construction on the smaller building would commence first, with work on the high-rise building slated to start in approximately one year.

In addition, Southern Land Company has another project lined up in Las Vegas’ Arts District, with the City Council having just approved plans for an as-yet untitled 335-unit apartment complex at the intersection of California Avenue and Third Street. A timetable for the groundbreaking for that project has not yet been announced.

The site of the Arts District project is currently vacant, aside from a small commercial building that is in a serious state of disrepair that will most likely be demolished when work commences.

In a statement, Southern Land representatives noted that the company was making serious efforts to address the demand for downtown apartment units “to help meet a need and offer dynamic, luxury residential options in areas of Las Vegas that we anticipate will only continue to transform and thrive.”

These two projects join Auric, a 324-unit rental complex that Southern Land developed previously that is located directly next door to the upcoming Symphony Park site. Auric is currently about 70 percent leased, according to Southern Land representatives, and features a resort-style pool area, a resident lounge with bar, and concierge service.

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.

Las Vegas Strip

Developer Announces Plans to Construct $3 Billion Entertainment Venue Near Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, NV – A new $3 billion entertainment venue has been announced by developer Oak View Group that will be constructed south of the famed Las Vegas Strip that will feature a plethora of attractions sure to appeal to both tourists and local residents.

Oak View Group has been behind the development of several high-profile venues across the country in recent years, including the $1.5 billion UBS Arena at Belmont Park in New York and the rebuilding of Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.

However, Oak View is now throwing their considerable weight behind the Las Vegas entertainment industry – which is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic – with an as-yet unnamed entertainment project that is scheduled to officially break ground in 2023.

As it is currently envisioned, the facility will feature an 850,000-square-foot arena, a casino, a hotel and an additional amphitheater to host concerts, sports events, family entertainment, conventions and award shows.

The project is slated to be built upon a 25-acre plot of land that is located on over 66 acres situated in the vicinity of two major freeways, I-15 and I-215. The venue is being designed by two prominent architecture firms – Gensler and Populous – and construction duties will be handled by President of Global Venue Development and Special Projects at Oak View Group, Steve Collins.

The news of this project comes amid the slow-but-sure recovery of the Las Vegas tourism industry post-COVID; in February, 2.6 million people visited Las Vegas, near 70 percent more than February in 2021, but still 1 million fewer than February 2019. Nonetheless, local hotel and recreation-related construction saw an increase of 67 percent year-over-year from 2020 to 2021, which is indeed a positive sign.

However, pandemic and supply chain issues have created hurdles for this development recently, with major projects originally scheduled to debut in 2022 – such as the Fontainebleau Las Vegas and the MSG Sphere – delayed to 2023.

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.