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Public’s feedback welcomed - ‘Douglas Square’ on display

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A scale model of a proposed “Douglas Square” downtown project is on display at Charlie’s Spic and Span Bakery and Restaurant for one month.

MainStreet de Las Vegas is applying for state funding for Phase 1 of Douglas Square. Comment cards are available for the community to share their opinion and comments to help shape the final plan for this important downtown space.

The preliminary concept was a requirement of the service contract between MainStreet de Las Vegas and city of Las Vegas and was produced by Elmo Baca, Quixote Productions, who hired three University of New Mexico graduate students of architecture and landscape architecture to develop a conceptual design for the old Safeway parking lot to keep as much of the existing parking and add a multi-use area for the community to gather right in the middle of Las Vegas’ historic downtown.

Christian Laumbach, president of MainStreet de Las Vegas, said, “This is just the beginning of a process to determine what the community wants. We will hold a formal public input event in February. The next step is to apply for a planning grant so that traffic, parking and landscaping professionals can provide a final plan along with cost estimates. Then we can apply to the state for capital outlay funding for Phase 1 of the project.”

The conceptual design includes a spray water park for children, a vendors’/farmers’ market with shade trees, a skate board park, a stage for events with a bermed audience park, a City Christmas Tree and a civic sculpture. Landscaping would be watered with effluent water. One idea has recently surfaced to use the stage area for summer events and, in winter, use the same space as an ice skating rink.

MainStreet is inviting community members to take a look at the scale model and fill out a brief comment card with suggestions. Comments may also be emailed to mainstreetdelasvegas@gmail.com.