Reality of Las Vegas’ boom is quite different for those left behind

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It’s no secret that as a city that’s constantly looking to be bigger and better, Las Vegas is ever changing. But here’s the question: Does it come at a cost for those who live in its way?

Some residents experienced it with Project Neon and now, others are feeling the impact through the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Kishner Drive doesn’t look the same these days. Now, construction crews and the sound of construction work floods the neighborhood. 

“I kind of resent it because you know I lived there for 3 1/2 years,” said Kevin Trainor Jr. 

Trainor used to call Somerset Gardens on Kishner Drive his home.

“I was perfectly willing to die there because it was a great location,” Trainor said. “It was convenient to pretty much everything I wanted to be close to.”  

It was also affordable. Trainor rented his apartment for $560 a month.

Now, he’s back at square one, and it’s hard for him to find a new place with comparable prices.

“We have a huge lack of affordable housing here. It’s an issue that really needs to be dealt with,” said Arnold Stalk, the founder of Veterans Village. We’re trying our best, but we’re just one organization.” 

Trainor and several other residents were forced to move out of the complex when LVCVA bought the land to expand its convention center.

“It was pretty much a one-man effort trying to get all of my stuff out of the apartment, and it was hard work,” Trainor said.  “It seems like the ones that would be good are in neighborhoods that I can’t afford, and the ones I can afford are in places I don’t really want to live in.”

Though the agency helped him with relocation costs, his options are limited. 

“The ones who usually pay for it are the working people and people that can’t find housing,” said Stalk. 

According to LVCVA, all residents at Somerset Gardens have moved out. LVCVA anticipates the Siegel Gardens building will be vacant by the beginning of the new year. 

Demolition is anticipated to begin in early January.

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