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Joe Downtown: Downtown Project has plans for new metered parking lot

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Steve Marcus

A view of a vacant lot on the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Ogden Avenue Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Downtown Project plans to build a metered parking lot lot on land.

One lot closes and another one maneuvers to open.

A week ago, an Arkansas physician hung no-parking signs and fenced in a gravel lot downtown that had been used for years by workers and others because it offered free parking. At any one time, up to 100 vehicles could be seen parked there.

With that lot closed, however, Downtown Project plans to build a metered lot on about a half-acre of land across the alleyway in the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Ogden Avenue.

A schematic available on the city of Las Vegas website shows the lot will have spaces for 73 vehicles. Next week the city Planning Commission will consider a zoning variance to allow a wider sidewalk next to the lot.

That isn’t the only change in parking coming downtown.

Downtown Project, sources say, also plans to pave an empty lot of nearly 3 acres it owns between Ninth and 10th streets north of Fremont Street. The empty lots are the same place where one of the two largest stages will be erected in October for the Life Is Beautiful music/art/food festival.

A timeline for the paving was not immediately known.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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