Construction begins on changes at The District
Work began this week to convert a pedestrian mall into a roadway at The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- You will soon be able to drive through part of an outdoor Valley shopping center but not everyone is happy with the change.
Work began this week to convert a pedestrian mall into a roadway at The District at Green Valley Ranch. Customers are getting their first look at the job.
"Why would you want to just drive through here," asked shopper Donna Catalano. "In order to get business, I think you'd want people to stop."
Some customers are not sold on the idea, which generated debate when it was proposed at the end of last year.
"I don't like it," said shopper Karen Clement-Rowe. "I feel that it's going to be user-unfriendly."
The project calls for a two-lane, 20-foot wide drive on the "main street" portion of Village Walk Drive that includes 46 angled parking spaces, according to planning commission documents from the city of Henderson.
The city approved the project earlier this year after hearing from supporters and opponents.
While some customers told Action News they're opposed to the project, some businesses said they are looking forward to the changes.
"They need to do something to fix the business in here and when it's all said and done, I think it's going to be a very positive thing," said Chris Connors with Rachel's Kitchen.
Connors believes the change will boost business.
The District thinks the project will improve access, visibility and convenience for customers, said spokeswoman Kim Daskas in an email.
"We're excited about that and we're excited to see where it's going to be long term," said Connors.
When the dust settles, Connors believes the changes will be good for the community. Opponents worry the traffic will drive them away.
So far, crews have removed most of the old concrete and planted 50 new palm trees, Daskas said.
Work is expected to wrap up in October.