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May 11, 2022

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Ward 3 Councilwoman Olivia Diaz unveiled the design of the new Civic Plaza following the presentation of the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards.

Civic Plaza is a new development that will include new city offices as well as a large plaza for gatherings and events in the heart of downtown. The project is being designed by LGA Architecture and renderings of the development will be revealed. The project will encompass an entire city block bordered by Main Street, Clark Avenue, First Street and Bonneville Avenue.

Prior to the Civic Plaza announcement, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, recognized the winners of the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards.

These awards recognize projects that foster the city’s commitment to sustainability and livability. The winners are projects that cultivate walkways and streets that are shared public spaces, promote safety, conserve resources, preserve historic buildings and places, seamlessly link to their surroundings and are pedestrian-friendly.

This year’s winners include:

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The Visionary Design Award was given to Derek and Greg Stevens, the creative force behind the Circa hotel-casino. Circa opened in Oct. 2020 on the west end of the Fremont Street Experience and has become a landmark for visitors and locals alike. The two-story sportsbook and the Stadium Swim complex are both unique architectural elements.

The winner in the Building and Environment category is Area 15 from the Fisher Brothers and Beneville Studios. This building, housing a variety of art, restaurants, bars and interactive activities and spaces, is located on Rancho Drive south of Sahara Avenue.

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The winner in the Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse category is The Blue Angel, located at the northwest corner of Charleston Boulevard and Fremont Street. Congratulations to Hartlauer Signs for the restoration of this historic and iconic sign in our community. The angel was designed by the beloved Betty Willis who also created the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The angel previously hovered above the old Blue Angel Motel before being placed in its new home in Ward 3.

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The winner for our Public Art category is Boards Up Downtown, which was located in multiple places in downtown. Izaac Zevalking, of Recycled Propaganda, was recognized for his contributions towards Boards Up Downtown, a public art project that decorated boarded-up businesses during the COVIC-19 pandemic.

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Our winner in the Public Project category is the Third Street linear open space and Fremont Street Improvements by the city of Las Vegas Public Works Department. Third and Fremont Streets are major thoroughfares in our city and these projects have made them into complete streets. The city has added trees, widened sidewalks, bike lanes and public art. These are now beautiful and inviting areas of our city.

Congratulations to all our winners for continuing to build our world class city.

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