Neighbors speak out against commercial proposal in heated community meeting

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A northwest valley community meeting became extremely heated Thursday night, as neighbors stood up to protest a potential commercial development in a residential part of Centennial Hills. 

Becker Properties L.L.C. proposed a plan to build a commercial center at the corner of Elkhorn Road and Hualapai Way. Half of the open, ten-acre lot would house a restaurant, tavern, convenience store and strip mall. 

Neighbors told 8 News NOW the plan would completely transform their currently quiet community, as dozens packed The Centennial Hills YMCA Thursday evening to voice their concerns. 

“It’s greed,” neighbor Randy Stevens said of the proposal. “It’s really about greed. The way they sleep at night is they sleep on a pillow made of money.”

Becker Properties L.L.C. wants to split the 10-acre space into two halves. One part would remain residential, while the other portion would transform into a commercial center. 

“You can’t have people moving in here without additional traffic and I understand that,” Becker Properties attorney Richard Bryan said.

The company called this move a chance to connect, while neighbors said not so fast. Some cited potential noise issues, traffic congestion and decreased property values.

“There’s neighbor after neighbor after neighbor saying please don’t do this,” Sterns added. “We’ll work with you if you make this residential in there.”

“We keep fighting and advocating for our neighborhood,” neighbor Brigitte Solvie added. “We want them to play by the rules.”

Those living in the area hope their efforts to stand up against this change will keep their community quiet and peaceful. 

“People move out there for the quiet,” Sterns said of the neighborhood. 

Representatives for Becker Properties L.L.C. said this will eventually all come down to a decision from the Las Vegas City Council.  

No word on when they plan to take these plans to elected officials.

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