Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 | 2 a.m.
After more than 30 years, Green Valley Parkway is getting a gas station.
Smith’s Food and Drug at 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway just north of the 215 Beltway is expanding its retail operations to include a fueling stop in the main parking lot, where construction is already underway.
The site was approved for a conditional use permit by the city of Henderson in August, and construction began in the second week of January. The project is estimated to be completed by early April, according to Jeff Randall, director of development for project consultants Anderson Wahlen & Associates.
The six-acre property will include five fuel islands and a sales kiosk covered by a canopy and will be open 24 hours a day.
The gas station will be a welcome amenity to Green Valley in what is otherwise a fuel desert. For much of the neighborhood's history, gas stations were kept out by the city and leading developers, such as American Nevada Company, to preserve the quality of life in the neighborhood, said Brian Greenspun, part owner of American Nevada and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun.
But as growth consumed Henderson and Las Vegas in the decades since Green Valley’s inception, the positions of the city and developers changed along with the needs and dynamics of the neighborhood, which evolved to include the 215 Beltway and the high-density commercial locations that surround it.
Pebble Marketplace, the commercial center surrounding Smith’s, was sold by American Nevada in 2004 to Southern California-based Donahue Schriber, a private real estate investment trust.
According to Randall, Smith's had long been interested expanding services at its Green Valley location to include a gas station and has been working on opening one since about 2008. Development agreements and prolonged real estate negotiations with adjacent landlords like Donahue Schriber delayed the project from moving forward until last year when it was presented to the Henderson Planning Commission for approval.
Though Green Valley is one of the most highly populated neighborhoods in Henderson, there are currently no gas stations on the nearly five mile highly trafficked thoroughfare that runs between Horizon Ridge Parkway, in Green Valley Ranch, and Sunset Road, in northern Green Valley. That compares with six gas stations on the parallel stretch of Eastern Avenue and five on Pecos Road.