The UNLV Design Center and the Historic Westside community partnered to develop the plan. A series of community and stakeholder workshops were organized by UNLV. Through those workshops, a multidisciplinary team of local and international consultants, and UNLV School of Architecture students, were able to listen to the community’s vision and aspirations. This approach helped bring these decision-makers together and generate solutions based on neighborhood feedback. This process also served to ensure that the unique qualities of the Historic Westside are enhanced through the proposed moves. The participants worked together to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the neighborhood. By the conclusion of a charrette, three concept plans were developed and presented to the community with participation from almost 200 community members and stakeholders.
• Pre-charrette (Feb. 13, 2015)
A diverse group of community stakeholders worked with UNLV students to share their local knowledge and ideas about the neighborhood.
• Design Charrette (March 3-5, 2015)
An intensive three-day workshop attended by community residents and stakeholders. The purpose of the event was to meet and listen to the community’s knowledge and visions for the Westside. The UNLV charrette team consisted of students and faculty from the UNLV School of Architecture, and international and local consultants. Through the charrette, three teams broke off to create alternative plans based on community input, testing and refining them. Most important, the stakeholders became the co-authors of the plan with the design team to ensure support and implementation.
• Pastors Alliance Breakfast (March 25, 2015)
A summary of the charrette was presented at this event through the public input session. The message was strong from the participant discussion prior to the presentation that “this community needs jobs,” which is a common theme that came out of the charrette.
• Corporate Coffee Workshop (April 22, 2015)
A focus group of business stakeholders worked with UNLV students to share their local knowledge and ideas about the neighborhood.
• Open House Presentation (May 7, 2015)
A preferred plan was presented and feedback was collected on a range of development concepts and options for the private and public realm development within the Westside.
• Ward 5 Pastors Meeting (May 12, 2015)
Hosted at UNLV, the purpose of this meeting was a community conversation among a focus group of Ward 5 Pastors regarding the Westside.