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Joe Downtown: No more waiting — Downtown Container Park opens Monday

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Life Is Beautiful festival attendees walk by a lit-up Downtown Container Park on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

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The Mantis is seen after being installed at the Container Park downtown Friday, July 26, 2013. Launch slideshow »

In time for Black Friday shoppers, the Downtown Container Park will open Monday.

Downtown Project, which operates the outdoor mall, today confirmed Monday’s soft opening and said the official grand opening will be Thursday, Dec. 5.

The Container Park is likely to obtain a necessary liquor license at Wednesday’s meeting of the Las Vegas City Council. The license is one of the last requirements before the park opens.

The park contains eight clothing stores/boutiques, 10 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, five art galleries/suppliers, five business for home decor and six specialty retail stores.

Under construction for more than a year, the park is considered a key element to the expansion of redevelopment further east along Fremont Street.

A block west at 6th Street and Carson Avenue, passersby will hear saws and hammers going to work on the interior of the former John E. Carson hotel, also owned by Downtown Project. Plans are for it to be converted into mixed-use space for retail, office and other outlets.

Conversion and renovation work is also expected to begin soon on the Eden Inn, next to the Carson, and on the former Ferguson Motel, 1028 Fremont St. Both are Downtown Project properties.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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