VEGAS INC: ‘The Block’ urban core to be centerpiece for Henderson’s new western gateway.
December 13th, 2017

An ambitious mixed-use development is aspiring to be Henderson’s new western gateway.

Sauvage Real Estate’s proposed 103-acre plan calls for retail, residential and hotel space off St. Rose Parkway near the Henderson Executive Airport.

Zoning would allow up to 2,920 residential units, ranging from single-family to urban mixed-use buildings, and up to 670,000 square feet of office and retail space and 250–room mid-to-high level boutique hotel.

“We have been holding onto this site for several years,” Alan Sauvage said. “We think it’s the best development parcel of this size left in the valley, and the best opportunity to create new lifestyle options for a changing Henderson and all of Las Vegas.”

The plan features “The Block,” an urban core with retail shops topped by residential space. The area would include a movie theater, town plaza, a supermarket and a civic building with social and city services.

The plan also details an urban grid with sidewalks, walking trails, green places, public plazas and a bicycle network tying into Inspirada, Seven Hills and eventually Southern Highlands.

“Main Street and central plaza links to St. Rose, and that’s important because it has a pedestrian bikeway,” said Bill Fain, an urban design partner at Los Angeles-based planning firm Johnson Fain. “The bikeway is actually a structure that goes over St. Rose and connects to a bike park. It builds on Henderson’s plan for bikeways. Henderson really embraced bikes, and it really is the future.”

Sauvage’s vision calls for a lifestyle retail store to be in the bike park facing St Rose Parkway.

“We’ll be in the development-agreement phase of at least a year,” Sauvage said. “Our vision is to build a sustainable project, by bringing on a world-class team.”

Phase 1 includes 159,000 square feet of retail and up to 650 residential units; Phase 2 calls for 284,000 square feet of retail, 70,000 square feet of office, 1,000 residential units and a 250-room hotel; and Phase 3 includes 37,000 square feet of retail, 120,000 square feet of office and up to 1,270 residential units.

The Henderson City Council unanimously voted in favor of mixed-used zoning for the proposed Henderson West project earlier this month. The city’s Henderson Strong plan focuses on economic development, livable neighborhoods through integrated mobility solutions, numerous recreational amenities and diverse housing opportunities.

“We are building the urban center for west Henderson as envisioned in the Henderson Strong framework plan,” Fain said. “We’ve designed an economically and environmentally sustainable plan and forward-looking framework that also has flexibility to evolve with the market.”

Residential options vary from townhomes and courtyard housing to very high-end high-rise units.

“The condos will have some of the best views in the valley,” Sauvage said. “It’s an opportunity to take advantage of those views. Also, going vertical allows us to have a lot more open space.”

The development is just west of the proposed Las Vegas Raiders practice facility. The city is working with the team to develop a 55-acre plot the city owns across from Henderson Executive Airport.

Sauvage said he has no insight on whether that will come to fruition. He noted the luxury high-rise residential units to be built with his project could be an attractive place for players to live.

“That area is the best they could choose, especially with the (proximity of) Henderson Executive Airport,” he said. “(The high-rise condo options) play in perfectly.”

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