Third annual “Livin in the City” event boasts downtown development plans

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The third annual “Livin in the City” event highlighted a different type of Downtown Las Vegas development Thursday night. 

Dozens of attendees gathered at Las Vegas City Hall to learn about the area’s latest residential plans. Developers and city planners shared their expansion ideas to bring more people to this booming portion of the city. 

Residents, who already live there, said it certainly carries a unique charm.

“It’s the downtown experience, you know,” Caneshe Green said about living in downtown. “Very artsy, friendly environment, a lot of good neighbors, good people.”

Property planners told 8 News NOW the region is right on the start of something great, as they presented future plans to the public. 

“Tonight’s whole focus is about leveraging arts and culture to create places where people want to live,” KRE Capital Partner and downtown resident Uri Vaknin said. “We are at the cusp of becoming one of the great world class cities.”

Not only does the development offer art, culture and color, as more people move to the area it holds a special, community connection. 

“We can’t have a thriving downtown without people living downtown,” City of Las Vegas Director of Economic & Urban Development Bill Arent said about the importance of housing growth. “People see that hey, I’m not the first and I can see myself living there and have it be a great place to live.”

Event attendees agreed, if someone is still searching for the “Classic Vegas,” they should come experience all the excitement firsthand. 

“The history of Las Vegas really emanates from downtown and it’s still alive,” Vaknin added. “There’s nothing else like it in the world.”

“There’s a lot more art, they’re developing it,” Green said. “I think it’s fun, friendly.”

City of Las Vegas representatives said two high end apartment complexes should soon go up in Symphony Park. 

The recently built Fremont 9 Complex along Fremont Street and 9th Street is also completely full.

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