KFUN planning development

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By David Giuliani

The owners of KFUN radio station have plans for a major development on their land.

Last week, the City Council unanimously ap-proved zoning changes to help make Joseph and Loretta Baca’s plans a reality.

They hope for a 50-room hotel, a restaurant, a convenience store, a visitors center and a gated community that will include single-family housing and assisted living developments.

The Bacas have dreamed about a development for a long time on KFUN Hill. They were helped along when Joseph Baca won a $1 million Powerball ticket in 2008.

Their architect, Jonathan Whitten, presented the development plan to the City Council. He told the council that it will include many green features, including rain catchment systems.

Joseph Baca said KFUN Hill is an ideal place for such a development.

“Many people have agreed that this would be a beautiful location for a nice restaurant. We have many nice restaurants in Las Vegas, but not with the view we have,” he said. “The city is a very important partner in helping to make a dream like this come true.”

He also said the development would be a magnet for travelers on Interstate 25, which would benefit businesses all over town.

But he said that as a practical man, he knew the project wouldn’t happen overnight.

“It’ll take a lot of work to market this to various businesses, which I’m prepared to do,” he said.

The 24 acres of land is currently zoned residential-agricultural. But with the council’s approval, the northern portion is now designated as multi-family residential and the southern part is general commercial.