Las Vegas City Hall Opens

Yesterday morning at 10 a.m., the doors opened to Las Vegas’ new City Hall. After years of planning and construction, not to mention a substantial $188.3 million loan, it is finally done!

The new state-of-the-art facility is located downtown at 495 South Main Street, and the total cost of the project rings in at about $146 million. The new facility is a seven-story structure that houses departments inside, which include: City Attorney, City Clerk, Auditor, Human Resources, Economic and Urban Development, Parks & Recreation and Contracts & Purchasing.

Starting next Monday, the rest of Las Vegas’ city services will be offered at the new site as well.

There has been criticism that the new facility was a very expensive project that cost too much, especially in the middle of a recession. City leaders and other supporters argued the importance of the project, saying that this was the best time to do it as financing was cheap, and labour costs have also gone down. Another argument that was made in favor of the new City Hall was that it is part of the plan to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas.

The new facility may have cost a significant amount, but the savings for the city will be around $400,000 annually as the building is LEEDS Certified energy efficient.

Commenting on the new facility, Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman said “It’s a remarkable undertaking and it’s setting a standard for our community and our state. Any group that wants to build, they need to come here to take a look at this facility.”

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