Courtesy The Downtown Project
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 | 5:31 p.m.
A shipping container park at Fremont and Seventh streets, the idea of Downtown Project and Zappos owner Tony Hsieh, won approval Wednesday from the Las Vegas City Council and is expected to open in 2013.
The park will incorporate a children's area in the middle of tens of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurant and tavern enterprises. It will also include an "immersion dome," in which a visual experience projected on the interior walls of the dome will greet visitors.
"This project will be talked about more than just about any other project downtown for the next two or three years," said Andrew Donner, representing the shipping container project.
A video presentation showed council members what the container park would look like.
During discussion, Councilman Ricki Barlow jokingly told Councilman Bob Coffin, who represents the area, he wanted to redraw district lines to include the area because of all the "cool" projects planned there.
One resident urged the city to do more planning for parking as more businesses move downtown.
"There has to be planning," the man said. "There is an issue with parking. So by adding all these businesses, there has to be additional planning."
Council member Lois Tarkanian said the park was "thunder striking."
"We're on the cutting edge … little old Las Vegas that they used to make fun of," she said.
Petula Clark recorded "Downtown" 48 years ago Tuesday, noted Councilman Bob Beers, who deferred commenting about the shipping container project because he didn't think he could add to what was already said.
"Downtown" was played during the brief video that played during the presentation of the project to the council.