Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 | 10:57 a.m.
Barbra Coffee, Henderson’s director of economic development and tourism, can’t hide her enthusiasm for some of the projects being built in the city.
“It’s not just about the building, it’s about the people, and this is the part I love. This is where you can get involved and take ownership of your community, of Henderson, of downtown,” Coffee said Tuesday during a networking event at the Wildhorse Country Club.
Each region in the city is developing in its own way, she said. Here’s how:
Nevada State College in June will begin construction on student housing. The 278-bed project is expected to be complete for the fall 2019 semester. In total, the college has 509 acres of land for potential development.
Henderson, already home to more than 25 master-planned communities, will expand by two more projects — Union Village and Cadence.
Union Village, an integrated healthcare community built around the Henderson Hospital, will create a seamless transition of care from the hospital to specialized residential communities like the senior assisted living complex, the Wellness Village.
Cadence is a 2,220-acre master-planned community that will have 13,000 homes when completed. There are 700 families living there now, Coffee said. Cadence includes amenities such as a 50-acre-park and a free bike sharing program.
“All of that is happening in east, what I call east Henderson for the purpose of this,” Coffee said. “That is going to be education central.”
Land stretching from St. Rose Parkway to Interstate 15 near the Henderson Executive Airport corridor will see growth in commercial and industrial development, Coffee said.
“We reserved this area for employment uses,” Coffee said. “It can’t happen soon enough. There’s so much going on. Everybody wants to be out here.”
West Henderson is also where the Raiders will build their corporate offices and practice facility on 55 acres recently acquired from the city.
Additionally, Turano Baking Co., an East Coast family bakery, will open in March near the Henderson Executive Airport and anticipates creating 100 jobs, Coffee said.
Downtown Henderson and Water Street
Water Street in downtown is positioning itself as a hub for young professionals and entrepreneurs, Coffee said.
Co-Operate, a shared office space, recently opened at the Henderson Business Resource Center to provide affordable office space for start-up companies, small businesses or professionals meeting clients. The shared space starts at $30 a day for drop-ins or $200 to $300 for a monthly membership for an assigned workplace.
“I really am excited about this collaborative workspace, so if you don’t have a desk there yet and you have been working out of your garage, you need to come down to Water Street,” Coffee said.
Also downtown, Public Works Coffee describes itself as “a key element of a larger effort to energize the redevelopment of Water Street. It is a community-minded coffee shop where people can meet, drink, and eat.”