On Jan. 6, 2022, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman delivered her annual State of the City Address. Mayor Goodman acknowledged the accomplishments and challenges in 2021, and looked ahead to what is coming in 2022.
The mayor foresees convention and tourism numbers to continue to increase in 2022 as more and more visitors return to Las Vegas to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Professional sports have become a big draw for visitors and Mayor Goodman mentioned that an NBA, MLS and MLB franchise are all very real possibilities to be added to go along with the Raiders, Golden Knights and Aces.
Mayor Goodman also pointed to the success that our small businesses are starting to have as the city emerges from the pandemic, pointing to the popular Brewery Row in the 18B Las Vegas Arts District. The city has offered incentives to attract craft breweries, wineries, wine rooms, tap rooms and distilleries downtown. Creating this district has really increased interest in the area and is bringing new business to the city.
The continued development of Symphony Park downtown was another hot topic. This spring Southern Land Company is scheduled to break ground on a new five-story residential project on Symphony Park.
This will be followed by a new 22-story residential project from the same developer set to break ground this summer. This will add more than 550 residential units to downtown Las Vegas. This is on top of the more than 600 new units that opened at Auric and Parc Haven in 2021.
Also planned to break ground is the new dual brand AC Marriott/Element by Westin hotels in Symphony Park. This five-story luxury hotel includes 441 rooms and 20,000-square feet of meeting and ballroom space.
Mayor Goodman is also looking forward to welcoming popular local chef and restaurateur James Trees who plans to expand his Al Solito Posto brand to Symphony Park. Another new restaurant opening soon is celebrity Chef Todd English‘s Pepper Club in the new Marriot Autograph Collection hotel in the Arts District known as The English.
Another major project set to open in 2022 is the long-awaited building for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine. This is a keystone project for the city of Las Vegas, and it is the next step toward creating the highest level of medicine and treatment for our community.
Mayor Goodman is also looking forward to additional projects coming online in the Historic Westside of the city. In 2022 the city will open the new Historic Westside Farming Facility, marking the first community-based urban agriculture complex of its kind in the city. This farm is located in the heart of Ward 5 and will provide a new local food source as well as job training when it opens later this year.
The city will also break ground in 2022 on a brand new 10,000-square-foot Workforce Education and Training Center on the Historic Westside School campus. This new center will focus on entry-level skills training in advanced manufacturing, construction trades, information technology and healthcare.
Las Vegas is becoming known as a business incubator and technology hub, and in early 2022 the city will open its second International Innovation Center at Vegas downtown, creating more working space for new tech businesses and products.
The city is continuing to focus on helping those in need in our community. Whether it is children who need access to educational resources, families who need rental assistance or aiding those who are experiencing homelessness. Later this month we will officially open phase 1 of our expanded Courtyard Homeless Resource center that will allow for 800 guests at a time to have a safe place to go and access a myriad of services. The Courtyard will continue to be a “low-barrier” shelter, meaning anyone can gain entrance to the facility. The expansion includes a covered outdoor area, a guest services building, a dayroom, laundry services, and shower and restroom facilities. Later this year we will start work on phase two, which will include medical and mental health components and additional wrap around services.