The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved a concept plan to develop affordable, market-priced housing on the site of the city-owned Desert Pines Golf Club.
The mixed-use plan, which community development director Seth Floyd described as a “catalyst project” in east Las Vegas, calls for two-thirds of the 100-acre site to be redeveloped with residential, commercial, civic facilities and educational, including a College of Southern Nevada Workforce Development Training Center.
According to urban planner Marco Velotta, approximately 10% of the project would be devoted to open spaces: a central park would serve as the centerpiece of the new community, with amenities including a football pitch, a multi-purpose pavilion, a community center and fields sport.
With its mix of single and multi-family homes for sale and rent, the city sees the proposed redevelopment as a step toward solving an affordable housing crisis plaguing the area and US Beyond represents a boon to the underserved community of east of Las Vegas, officials said. the project would align with a vision for the area outlined in the city’s 2050 master plan.
The project would eventually see over 1,800 multi-family units; 80 single-family and duplex lots; 79 townhouse units; and 224 units dedicated to senior housing, Velotta said.
“This is a very, very important area that local elected officials can move the needle on if we’re in tune with what our community really needs,” said Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, who represents Ward 3, where find the golf course.
Velotta said the city plans to build community consensus around the redevelopment and conduct outreach activities targeted at the area’s predominant Latino population.
Golf remains open
The city plans to officially solicit bids from developers in the “coming months,” according to City Manager Jorge Cervantes.
In the meantime, the golf course, located at 3415 E. Bonanza Road, will continue to be open and privately operated until the city is ready to begin development, according to the city spokesperson, Jace Radke.
The city previously bought the contract from the course’s private operator for $8 million to set the stage for the site’s new vision. It contributed $6 million to American Rescue Plan Act funds and $2 million to the city’s capital improvement program, Radke said.
For Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the project could not materialize quickly enough.
“Wave a magic wand and make it appear right away,” she said.