Advisory Services Panel – UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Date: April 29 – March 4, 2007

Location: Clark County, NV

Sponsor: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chair: John M. Walsh

Subject Area: University Development, Transportation Infrastructure and Management

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Summary of Recommendations:

The Advisory Services panel was challenged to create a strategy to revitalize Midtown University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) as a more urban place, while creating better physical links and remaining compatible with neighboring districts. The definitive recommendation of the panel was to revitalize the Maryland Parkway, which in turn would positively affect UNLV and the surrounding community.

A preliminary development schedule, broken down by immediate, short-term, mid-term, and long-term periods, was created by the panel. They suggested that a senior executive vice president for capital project development be hired immediately, as well as developing a marketing and communication process for the project. In the short-term, final plans for the mixed-use (student/faculty housing, retail, entertainment) development, Harmon Gateway, needed to be completed. Also suggested to begin in the short-term, was the formation of a transportation management plan for UNLV and Maryland Parkway, with strong emphasis on public transit. In the mid-term (2 to 5 years) the establishment of a BID, special assessment district, and merchant association would help in keeping the development alive and affordable for stakeholders. And in the long-term, the panel suggested that a university district planning area and streetscape improvements (streetlights, landscaping) be implemented. With the common “can do” spirit the panel found in Las Vegas and successful collaboration/ cooperation between organizations, the future of Midtown UNLV looked bright.

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