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Downtown Las Vegas neighborhood torn over possibility of nightclubs opening

Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-04 02:16:24-05

A controversial door is swinging open for anyone wanting to open a nightclub in downtown Las Vegas.

The city council approved a new measure Wednesday allowing more options to build, and it's torn neighborhood opinion in half. Councilman Bob Coffin sponsored the bill, which the city council unanimously passed.

"I think a lot of people are going to move out," said Heidi Furnald, who lives downtown.

Nightclubs can now be within 500 feet of homes on Las Vegas Boulevard between Charleston Boulevard and Fremont Street.

Drew Gennuso and Tiffany Masters, the owner and event coordinator, respectively, of Cannabis Wedding Chapel, think a club would help their business through increased foot traffic.

"Having a nightclub is a destination to get to," Masters said. "They'll take an Uber over there, they'll come and go. I don't feel like that's an issue at all."

Furnald says she'd be concerned about parking, noise and more cause for police activity.

"There's just going to be a lot of people wandering on the street and yelling," she said.

Gennuso feels nightclub clientele could become Cannabis Chapel clientele.

"It is Vegas," he said. "It's about excess, it's about options. People want to be able to try things."