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Neighbors upset with proposed downtown Las Vegas high-rise apartment building

Posted at 11:34 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 03:04:11-04

The downtown Las Vegas revitalization effort looks to be continuing with a new 15-story apartment building.

The proposed high-rise would be on Las Vegas Boulevard between Charleston and Oakey boulevards, an area that has character. Neighbors in the nearby Historic District want to keep it that way.

"I'm all for progress in the right setting but I don't think that this particular building, being so close to such a little nice neighborhood like this [is a good idea]," said Debbie Wiltsie, a neighbor. "It's ugly and huge."

Ilan Gorodezki, the California businessman behind the project, says his "Thunderbird Lofts" would have 370 units plus stores and restaurants on the ground level.

He says his vision is to give young professionals a place to live, eat and find entertainment.

The neighbors see an eyesore.

"Instead of nice trees and neighborhood, I'm going to be looking at a big building," said Dan Wertsbaugh, who lives in the Historic District.

Wiltsie counted the added population and loss of privacy as additional concerns.

The building passed a hurdle when the Las Vegas City Council approved the plans this week.

Gorodezki says he's in the process of putting together everything else the project needs.