May 17, 2010 



Many of you have been following the progress to reopen F Street. Continued community involvement is very important to the success of this project. I would like to let you know about two important public town hall meetings that will give you the opportunity to get the latest information on the F Street reopening project and to offer input. The meetings are on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Event Center at the Culinary Training Academy (adjacent to Nevada Partners), 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd., and on Monday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.

Both meetings will have the same agenda including:

  •  Status of F Street project process
  • Funding
  • The timeline and how it will evolve
  • Overview of the environmental review process (National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA)
  • Overview of related road projects
  • Public comment

The meetings will serve as a foundation for a design workshop that is expected be held in July. The workshop will team stakeholder volunteers with engineers and landscape architects to get community input on the project. Signup sheets for the workshop will be available at the town hall meetings.
 
Nevada Assembly Bill 304, passed in June 2009, requires the city of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada to cooperate to fund and bring about the approval, design and construction of the project to reopen F Street. The bill calls for the city to use redevelopment funds of up to $2.5 million for the design phase. The bill further spells out that the city leverage its share of the county special 5-cent ad valorem capital project tax to provide $20 million in funding to reopen F Street. The Nevada Department of Transportation is to work with the city to seek other sources for the remaining construction costs. The contract to complete 30 percent of the initial design was recently awarded to the engineering firm PBS&J.

I have taken steps to ensure that the community is informed, included as a true partner and that your voices are heard in the F Street reopening project. The F Street Connection Web page serves as a "one-stop" location for information and to provide feedback on F Street. Information is also available on Facebook and on Twitter at Fstreetlasvegas.