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May 29, 2015

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Topping-off ceremony planned Friday for Las Vegas City Hall

Final girder to be placed on downtown structure, expected to open in 2012

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COURTESY CITY OF LAS VEGAS

Artist’s rendering of Las Vegas city hall project. The 310,000-square-foot city hall will be at First Street and Clark Avenue.

New City Hall site

With spidery steel girders giving it an outline, the new Las Vegas City Hall has been slowly taking shape over the last few weeks in the city's downtown.

And at 11 a.m. Friday, the final steel beam will be hoisted into place atop the seven-story structure in a topping off ceremony to celebrate downtown redevelopment and the construction jobs it is bringing, officials announced Wednesday.

The city and developer Forest City Enterprises Inc., are jointly sponsoring the topping off ceremony, expected to be attended by the developer, city officials and hundreds of construction workers.

The new 310,000-square-foot City Hall, expected to open in 2012, is going up at 518 S. First St., which is between First and Main Streets and Lewis and Clark Avenues, two blocks south of the Golden Nugget hotel-casino.

The project is being financed by $185.6 million in bonds, the majority of which are Build America Bonds, which were created as part of federal economic stimulus legislation.

It is being built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) sustainability standards. Officials have estimated that about 1,400 construction jobs are being created during the city hall construction.

The city hall is part of a five-block development plan that includes the nearly completed Regional Transportation Commission's new Bonneville Transit Center.

The entire downtown redevelopment plan is expected to create about 13,400 new permanent jobs, $4.1 billion in private investment and $16 million to $20 million in new tax revenue, according to the city.

Those projects will also bring thousands of more construction jobs, officials say.

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