LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The face of downtown North Las Vegas is about to undergo a major redevelopment project that will give the city a commercial and business center where residents and visitors can gather and do business.

“Yeah, we’re going to have a downtown walkable community,” said North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Barron.

The new project which is called NLV Gateway was announced Tuesday by the city council. It will take shape over the next 24 months on 19 acres in the heart of downtown. It’s a partnership between the city and Agora Realty.

“We have some great new tenants, some new activities that will be going on. We have national health care medical groups that are very interested that are talking with,” said Aaron Lefton, Agora Realty & Management president of acquisitions & leasing. “We also have other national retailers that are interested along with a micro-enterprise plaza that will be built for new entrepreneurs.

Mayor John Lee thanked the politicians of the past for thinking ahead. He said it explains why Lake Mead Boulevard looks the way it does.

“What has happened here? Everything is destroyed. It looks like Beirut. But it was planned that way. Mayor Mike Montana in 2008 started an agenda with the city council to buy up dilapidated buildings in this area,” Lee said.

The money that was set aside at that time has allowed the redevelopment work to continue

Councilman Barron said NLV Gateway will create 1,000 new jobs and a sense of community.

“Seventy percent of the people who live around us here in Ward 1 are Latino. This development will pay hommage to the vibrant culture but with a marked twist there’s going to be plenty of public spaces, where residents can gather and celebrate all of our different cultures and the many great things about living in North Las Vegas.”