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Developers have submitted plans to city officials for a grocery store/restaurant at 611 Fremont St. Here's an artist's rendering of the building's exterior, from a northeast perspective.
Joe Downtown: East Fremont getting its grocery store … sort of
March 4, 2014
It finally looks like something of a grocery store is coming to east Fremont Street. Plans for a combination grocery store/restaurant at 611 Fremont St. were submitted to the city and will be considered Tuesday by the Planning Commission. A Mexican restaurant and a deli/market used to share the 6,500-square-foot spot until they were forced to move last year; Downtown Project became the new tenant after their leases expired.
LV City Council to mull pot shop moratorium, fire department changes
March 4, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council will get an update Wednesday on changes being made to the city’s fire department meant to save money and improve efficiency.
Henderson mulls property tax hike to fix 'crumbling infrastructure'
Feb. 18, 2014
Henderson officials are considering raising the city’s property tax rate by up to 20 cents to generate funds to cover a $17 million annual shortfall needed to maintain its infrastructure.
Crazy Ely Western Village, seen here Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, could lose its special-use permit to sell beer, wine and wine coolers for off-premises consumption.
Joe Downtown: Alcohol-related issues downtown continue to spill into City Hall's lap
Feb. 18, 2014
A Fremont Street Experience retailer on Wednesday could lose its right to sell beer and wine, and it may be just the beginning of an effort by city officials to stem the tide of booze-related businesses opening downtown.
Medical marijuana is shown in a home in this 2010 file photo.
Local governments vie for control in Nevada's new medical marijuana industry
Feb. 9, 2014
Just as local jurisdictions can dictate where liquor stores can open, so too they are now grappling with the issue of where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in Clark County and its cities.
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen delivers the State of the City address at Green Valley Ranch Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
Mayor: With recession in past, Henderson at crossroads for future
Feb. 5, 2014
In the midst of highlighting the city’s accomplishments during his State of the City address today, Mayor Andy Hafen acknowledged Henderson was approaching a financial crossroads.
Among workers in Clark County who are required to get work cards, bartenders pay the most — as much as $135, compared with a $45 minimum.
Council may drop licensing requirement for food servers, pawnbrokers, others
Feb. 4, 2014
Restaurant servers, convenience store clerks and pawnbrokers could have an easier time finding work if the Las Vegas City Council votes Wednesday to do away with a work card requirement that includes mandatory police background checks. The council will discuss cutting in half the number of jobs that require work cards.
With City Council members seated before her, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman speaks during the 2014 Las Vegas State of the City address at City Hall on Thursday evening, Jan. 9, 2014.
State of the City: Goodman touts 2013 successes, downtown turnaround
Jan. 9, 2014
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman struck a positive tone as she reflected on the city’s successes in 2013 and looked forward to continued growth in 2014 during her State of the City address.
Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell speaks during an editorial board meeting at the Las Vegas Sun in Henderson on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Las Vegas city manager to participate in Twitter Q&A
Jan. 9, 2014
Las Vegas is expanding its social media presence with a live Twitter chat next week in which members of the public will have a chance to ask questions of City Manager Betsy Fretwell.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, right, happily works in the shadow of her predecessor and husband, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, Nov. 21, 2013.
As Las Vegas mayor, she is her own Goodman
Dec. 4, 2013
Mayor Carolyn Goodman has a visitor. Impeccably dressed in a pricey blue suit, he gazes smugly past the mayor and her oversized desk inside the new City Hall — admiring commanding views of downtown and ocher-hued hills on the horizon. "This used to be my office," he announces.
Water rate hike one approval away from going into effect
Dec. 3, 2013
The Las Vegas Valley Water District signed off today on a water rate hike that will see the average customer’s bill increase by about $5 per month by 2017.
Katelyn Cantu holds a sign as protesters pose for a photo outside the Henderson Detention Center Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. The protesters are concerned about a UNLV law clinic report that raises questions about the conditions for immigrants at the detention center.
Groups protest plight of immigrant detainees, seek talks with Henderson officials
Nov. 19, 2013
Following the release of a UNLV Law Clinic report questioning the standards of care for immigrant detainees at the Henderson Detention Center, on Tuesday evening law professor Fatma Marouf asked the Henderson City Council to meet with herself and the other authors to address their concerns.
This is an intake room at the Henderson Detention Center on Oct. 16, 2013. The center contracts with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to house immigration detainees.
Immigrant detention: Is Henderson’s financial boon part of a national boondoggle?
Nov. 19, 2013
With an average detainee population of more than 200 per day, the Henderson Detention Center has been the primary facility in Nevada for housing federally detained immigrants since early 2011.
A private security guard holds a dog in a choke chain on the Fremont Street Experience early Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
Moratorium may put cork in plans for new liquor stores on stretch of Fremont
Nov. 5, 2013
With 21 liquor stores already operating along or near the Fremont Street Experience downtown, the Las Vegas City Council is planning to hit the brakes on further such development in the area for at least six months.
A lot between two vacant motels is transformed into a park during the Life is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 27, 2012.
Joe Downtown: With only minor glitches, leaders praise Life is Beautiful
Oct. 28, 2013
Despite a few minor arrests and injuries, city and police officials said Life is Beautiful was successful and that they'd like to see some parts of it become permanent. Over the two-day event, five people were arrested for misdemeanors and three people suffered minor injuries when a roughly 30-foot tower holding streamers tumbled in the wind at the entrance Sunday. Beyond that, however, the festival appeared to be a roaring success.

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