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May 6, 2015

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Shipping Container Park OK’d for Fremont Street


Courtesy The Downtown Project

An artist’s rendering of the shipping container development planned for Seventh and East Fremont.

A shipping container park at Fremont and Seventh streets, the idea of Downtown Project and Zappos owner Tony Hsieh, won approval Wednesday from the Las Vegas City Council and is expected to open in 2013.

The park will incorporate a children's area in the middle of tens of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurant and tavern enterprises. It will also include an "immersion dome," in which a visual experience projected on the interior walls of the dome will greet visitors.

"This project will be talked about more than just about any other project downtown for the next two or three years," said Andrew Donner, representing the shipping container project.

A video presentation showed council members what the container park would look like.

During discussion, Councilman Ricki Barlow jokingly told Councilman Bob Coffin, who represents the area, he wanted to redraw district lines to include the area because of all the "cool" projects planned there.

One resident urged the city to do more planning for parking as more businesses move downtown.

"There has to be planning," the man said. "There is an issue with parking. So by adding all these businesses, there has to be additional planning."

Council member Lois Tarkanian said the park was "thunder striking."

"We're on the cutting edge … little old Las Vegas that they used to make fun of," she said.

Petula Clark recorded "Downtown" 48 years ago Tuesday, noted Councilman Bob Beers, who deferred commenting about the shipping container project because he didn't think he could add to what was already said.

"Downtown" was played during the brief video that played during the presentation of the project to the council.

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  1. Zappo's will have to hire a second crew of security guards to escort the employees of this new project to and from their car :/ is zappo's just building money pits to create tax right off's?

  2. Similar projects have been successfully constructed in other cities. I just don't understand why some people are so hostile towards anything new and different.

    Yes, downtown has a checkered past and there is still a lot of room for improvement. You can either try to improve it or spend your days complaining on the internet.

    So why not withhold judgment, at least until you learn the difference between "write" and "right""

  3. I'd be very surprised if the person who designed this isn't a frequent Burning Man attendee. I like it a lot!

  4. "Security escorts" to walk to and from a car in downtown? That perception is so deeply flawed as to become laughable at this point.

  5. @James...""Security escorts" to walk to and from a car in downtown? That perception is so deeply flawed as to become laughable at this point."

    Tell that to the Zappos employees> Depeche's comments are based on the a previous LVS article where Zappos employees voiced those concerns about their safety. The story ran with a photo of Zappos employees walking to the parking garage on Stewart Avenue from the Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue while a A security guard follows behind.