City of Las Vegas plans to focus on downtown housing development

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Las Vegas city leaders say they want to continue to see the downtown area grow, and to do that, they're putting the focus back on housing.  

"If you haven't looked around in a while, things change very quickly," says Patrick Sinnott, the business development manager with the city.  

Thursday, city leaders took developers and builders around on buses, showing them the progress downtown has made, and presenting even more of their plans. 

"We're looking at major developments in Fremont East and around the downtown area," says Sinnott. 

Those plans include a focus on parks, transportation, local shops and housing. The idea follows a growing trend where city leaders want people living here to also work and play here.  

Downtown businesses, like Zappos, say it's plans like these that will help when trying to recruit new employees from out of state. 

"We haven't had that in Las Vegas so we're excited," says Jeanne Markel with Zappos. "There are a lot of businesses that are making those investments in downtown to create that environment."

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