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Mayor seeking arena development deal for City Hall parcel

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Steve Marcus

British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, left, and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman are greeting by showgirls after arriving on an inaugural flight for British Airways at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009. The new daily nonstop service is between London’s Heathrow Airport and Las Vegas.

Just three days back from a traipse through London to talk up Las Vegas’ new partnership with British Airways, Mayor Oscar Goodman has turned his attention closer to home. Or, at least, closer to his City Hall office.

At the core of the most recent downtown development discussion is the long-latent concept of an arena in downtown Las Vegas, a project that might well occupy an entertainment district where the mayor’s office sits today.

As city spokesman Jace Radke confirmed today, the city is seeking to embark on an exclusive negotiating agreement with The Cordish Companies, a commercial real estate corporation based in Baltimore. Cordish has developed several entertainment/event districts across the country, including The Walk in Atlantic City, Ballpark Village in St. Louis and Daytona Live in Daytona Beach, Fla. The parcel of land in play for a possible entertainment district/hotel-casino/arena project is the 18 acres on which City Hall is located and the area adjacent to the building (six acres for the government office complex and another 12 just to the east).

The City Council will review the feasibility of a long-term development agreement between the city and The Cordish Companies at the City Council meeting on Nov. 4.

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