Back on September 7th, 1994, the final car drove down five blocks of Fremont Street. From then on the stretch from South Main Street to South 4th Street has been closed, making way for the pedestrian mall we know as Fremont Street Experience today. Now, downtown Las Vegas is set to make another road “disappear” to cars.

In front of Las Vegas City Hall you’ll find East Clark Avenue. The tiny stretch of Clark between South Main Street and South 1st Street is about to get the “Do Not Enter” sign both ways, beginning Monday, March 20th.

Why is Downtown Las Vegas shutting down this stretch of Clark?

Las Vegas Civic Plaza renderingFor a couple years now, the city has been getting and choosing design ideas to transform the front yard of Las Vegas’ gorgeous City Hall building. Right now… it’s a bit underwhelming. Some solar panels, a road, a parking lot. The building sticks out like a pretty finger around a bunch of sore thumbs.

Back in January, the city approved funding for the estimated $165,000,000 Las Vegas Civic Plaza, a new epicenter for downtown that will bring the many scattered government offices in downtown together to one central location. The plaza will also serve as a hub for concerts, events and just a fun place to lounge during your lunch break.

The new buildings will also provide more retail and restaurant space and will help modernize the area surrounding City Hall.

While this tiny stretch of East Clark is set to close Monday, don’t get your lawn chairs just yet. The city tells the RJ that the first new building and outdoor plaza won’t be completed until the fall of 2024, with the entire project not wrapping up until 2025.

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