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October 21, 2014

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Developer withdraws plan for arena on Las Vegas Strip

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Plans for a proposed sports arena on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip are in a holding pattern after developers Wednesday withdrew their application to the county zoning board.

Terry Care, the attorney representing International Development Management, said the company temporarily held the application for the Silver State Arena because "material changes" were made to the arena’s plans, which place the proposed 22,000-seat facility south of Sahara Avenue and east of Las Vegas Boulevard.

The property, formerly home of Wet 'n Wild, is owned by businesswoman and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden.

A contentious discussion between residents from the nearby Turnberry Towers and the arena’s supporters took place at the Winchester town board meeting July 26. Turnberry residents expressed concerns about traffic problems, while proponents pointed to the possibility of new jobs and economic growth.

At that meeting, International Development Management CEO Chris Milam said he hoped the $400 million arena would open by October 2012. He also said negotiations were under way to bring an NBA team to Las Vegas.

Care said the company hopes to resolve the issues and bring the matter before county commissioners again.

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