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September 25, 2018

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At this mixed-use project in downtown Henderson, food trucks would be a fixture

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City of Henderson

A rendering shows the strEAT mixed-use project in downtown Henderson. Construction is expected to take place sometime before spring, with a targeted completion date of winter 2019.

A proposal for downtown Henderson could make Water Street a landing spot for food trucks.

The strEAT mixed-use project calls for a 13,000-square-foot restaurant and esports space with the capability to accommodate four food trucks.

Four ports allow food trucks to anchor to the space from the outside, allowing guests to enjoy their fare from within the building in a climate-controlled space. The dock structure allows for strEAT to regularly change its dining options, allowing visitors to enjoy food-truck fare comfortably year-round.

It’s being developed by Strada LV.

“This model of food trucks is popular in other cities, but with our weather the climate-controlled aspect is huge,” said Mark Hobaica, Henderson redevelopment manager and city architect. “Whether it’s the heart of summer or the dead of winter, you can have your food trucks. If it’s Cinco de Mayo it’s a Mexican theme, if it's Saint Paddy’s Day it could be an Irish theme, that’s what we’re excited about with that.”

Having esports as part of the five-story strEATS project was key, as the city wants to capitalize on gaming's rise in popularity, Hobaica said.

“It’s taking off in leaps and bounds … it’s just not your 16-year-old kids — people are in their mid-20s and 30s who are into it, being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for being e-gaming sports athletes,” he said.

The restaurant includes first-floor dining, a bar and entertainment complex, and a rooftop beer garden. Additionally, the project will feature 70 to 90 apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedroom options. The second floor also includes 12,713 square feet of office space.

Plans call for an 8,483-square-foot pool deck and a 6,210-square-foot common space on the roof of the fifth floor, offering citywide views accessible only to residents.

The proposal follows other development going on in the area, as an emphasis has been placed on bringing residential commercial and retail spaces to downtown Henderson.

“These mixed-use projects are really the answer to how to make a downtown successful,” Hobaica said. “You bring in all the elements together in one location.”

The project is contingent on a $399,000 land sale from Henderson to Strada LV, which could go final as early as the Oct. 16 redevelopment agency meeting.

If all goes as planned, construction will take place sometime before spring, with a targeted completion date of winter 2019.

The city is protected if plans fall through, Hobaica said.

“We sell property for the sole intention of having it developed. If the developer does not meet the requirements of the agreement, then we have a clause to bring that property back to the city and we get refunded the sale price for what we sold it for.”