The city of Las Vegas is currently developing Symphony Park , a 61-acre mixed-use urban community located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. This new community is home to some of Las Vegas’ largest economic, cultural, and civic projects, including a 1.6-acre park.
The master plan for Symphony Park identifies four distinct districts, organized in a series of small urban blocks with pedestrian-friendly accessibility and featuring street-facing retail and restaurants throughout the community. The four districts are: the Civic District (includes The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the park), the Specialty District (plans for a wide range of hospitality, specialty retail, a hotel/casino), the Residential District (true urban neighborhoods with a mix of high-rise, town homes, live/work condominiums and mid- and low-rise residences), and the Medical Office District (anchored by the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health with other office and clinic space).
The first phase of infrastructure improvements was completed in 2009 and phase IIA was completed in 2012. In addition, three key anchors of this community have finished construction. The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was completed in May 2010 and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened on March 10, 2012 and DISCOVERY Children’s Museum opened on March 9, 2013.
The city donated the 4.75-acre site for The Smith Center, a multi-theatre complex with a main theatre seating 2,050 audience members. The center offers a blend of performances by local arts groups as well as first-run touring attractions. It features music, theatre and dance companies from all over the world and is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theatre. This facility is the first regional performing arts center in the Las Vegas Valley.
In August 2010, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation announced a gift to The Smith Center, which used $43 million from that gift to build the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center, home to the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. The museum raised the remaining $7 million to complete the project for a total of $50 million. The new three-story, 58,000-square-foot facility opened to the public in March 2013.
The DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, formerly the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, has become much more than the city’s favorite destination for family fun. Since its opening (in its former location) 22 years ago, it has developed into a critical community asset that complements and enhances the educational experience of the children and families of Southern Nevada. The organization continues to work with individuals and corporations locally and nationally to develop creative educational programs and exhibits that benefit the community’s ever-changing needs and to fulfill its mission: “to ignite a love of lifelong learning.”
The Frank Gehry-designed building of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is fast becoming a landmark for Las Vegas and Symphony Park. The highly specialized clinical center is dedicated to advance the research, early detection and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health started seeing patients in July 2009 while the Event Center was still under construction. The entire building was completed in 2010. Keep Memory Alive , raising funds and awareness for the Center, is operating the event space – all revenues will benefit the organization’s commitment to eradicating memory disorders.
Citra Real Estate Capital LLC will be building a skilled nursing facility located near the brain clinic. The developer intends to construct a mixed-use senior living, health and rehabilitation project consisting of 265,000 square feet of space, three buildings and a 500-space parking garage. http://www.citrarecap.com/index.html
The Charlie Palmer , a 400-suite and room boutique hotel, will feature an expansive spa, a Hollywood-style pool and a signature Charlie Palmer restaurant as well as other alfresco dining.
Newland Communities plans to develop multiple city blocks in Symphony Park, featuring low-, mid- and high-rise condominiums; live-work units; town homes and other urban-style residences, as well as retail at street level.
The only casino/hotel at Symphony Park will be developed by Forest City . The entire complex is expected to encompass 1.6 million square feet, including a 47-story, 1,000-room hotel and gaming tower with 120,000 square feet of casino space, 90,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, meeting space, swimming pools and a spa/health club facility.
The Symphony Park site will encompass an estimated 10 million square feet of diverse mixed uses, including office/medical, residential, non-gaming and gaming hotels, retail, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and DISCOVERY Children’s Museum.
Actual development may vary from development manager’s vision. No guarantee can be made that development will proceed as described.
Symphony Park is “going green.” Formerly designated a “brownfield” area due to spilled fuel and other hazardous debris, the Symphony Park development is starting life anew as a “green” mixed-used development in downtown Las Vegas. The city-owned development was awarded Gold certification status under stage 2 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED®-ND) green building rating system. The only project in the state of Nevada to be accepted into the LEED®-ND national pilot program, Symphony Park has completed Stage 2 of certification, reflecting documented and approved points corresponding to the Gold certification level under the pilot program. The LEED®-ND program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is creating a rating system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national rating system for neighborhood design. Symphony Park is among the nation's most elite developments that will adhere to strict standards of energy, land and materials use. Through the LEED®-ND program, Symphony Park will set the criteria for smart growth, urbanism and green development throughout the country.
In July 2010, Symphony Park was awarded the third-annual BEST GREEN PRACTICES: BUILDING award by the Las Vegas Business Press. The award was given in recognition of the development’s leadership in sustainability through the LEED-ND program.
For additional information, please refer to the following:
Symphony Park Business Plan
Symphony Park Design Standards [16.8 MB]
Symphony Park Fact Sheet
For development opportunities, please contact the City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency at (702) 229-6581.
More information is available on the Symphony Park website.
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