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The Future of Las Vegas Medical District

Public-private collaboration in improving the Las Vegas Medical District.

Rendering of new hotel and office building in the Las Vegas Medical District (Photo Courtesy of UNLV)

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Last week, City of Las Vegas and Downtown Vegas Alliance co-hosted a presentation about the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) and upcoming projects.

Established in 1997, the LVMD is a 674-acre area located on West Charleston Blvd and west of I-15. The area is anchored by UMC, Valley Hospital Medical Center, UNLV School of Dental Medicine and other ancillary medical facilities, along with the new Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine building.

Governor Steve Sisolak and Councilman Brian Knudsen kicked off the presentation by emphasizing the importance of having good healthcare in Las Vegas and the vision of the Las Vegas Medical District. City of Las Vegas staffs and panel guest speakers talked about the Downtown Master Plan, planning and zoning, healthcare, and economic development.

From left to right: Dorian Stonebarger (Chief Policy Advisor Ward 1), John Curran (Senior Vice President of Development at Prospect Street), Elias George (Partner at EPG Law Group), and Ryan Smith (Director of Economic & Urban Development at City of Las Vegas). (Photo by Vegas Business Digest)

A $130 Million Infrastructure Upgrade Plan

Funded by the City and the State, the $130 million infrastructure upgrade plan will provide a safer, walkable community in the medical district, expand public transit system, and create a mixed-use hub that includes public amenities such as open spaces, artwork by local artists, and neighborhood retail.

Key components of infrastructure upgrades including widen sidewalks with 10-15 foot wide and mature shade trees, upgrade lighting, improve traffic capacity, and incorporate public art.

The map below from City of Las Vegas shows the $130 million infrastructure construction phasing plan in the medical district.

  • Shadow Lane & Phase 1 of Pinto Lane Projects: Q1 2021 – Q1 2022
  • Pinto Lane Phase 2 & Charleston Projects: Q4 2021 – Q4 2022
  • Rancho Project: Q3 2022 – Q4 2023
  • Maryland BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Project: 2024 (Managed by Regional Transportation Center)
Credit: City of Las Vegas

UNLV's Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine

In August, the State Interim Finance Committee awarded UNLV’s Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine $70 million to fund an ambulatory care clinic and a pathology lab. The school's first permanent building in the LVMD is a 135,000-square-foot, five-story Medical Education Building designed by TSK Architects. The building broke ground in Q4 2020 and is being constructed by M.J. Dean Construction.

A rendering of Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV (Courtesy of UNLV and TSK Architects)

Last month, the Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement with UNLV for a new hotel, parking garage and a medical office building near Shadow Lane/Wellness Way opening by November 2024 in the Medical District. These projects will create $60,740,000 in construction spend and $13,705,196 in tax benefits.

Future Developments and Expansion

Projects that are currently in the pipeline or in inspections for future growth and expansion valued over $358 million. These projects include UMC’s ReVITALize Campus project, a rehabilitation of nine buildings on the UMC campus; an expansion of the Women’s Cancer Center on the corner of Pinto Lane and Tonopah Drive; future apartment development of more than 200 rental units; a $60 million investment by G2 Capital Development for a 150,000 square foot medical building; and a 75,000 square foot hotel; and the completion of Lumina, a 46,000 square foot, 54-bed memory care senior housing community on Charleston and Shetland.

The map below shows some of the selected projects in the pipeline and businesses that are currently operating in the LVMD.

Credit: City of Las Vegas

By 2030, the LVMD is estimated to have 24,182 jobs, $181 million state general fund revenue, and $3.6 billion in economic impact.

“There is a no more noble goal than to create a global center of medicine in Southern Nevada that will improve the quality of healthcare in our community, enhance access to medical care and serve as a catalyst for economic development,” said Las Vegas City Councilman Brian Knudsen. “The Las Vegas Medical District is positioned to do all of this and more."

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