Las Vegas council OKs land for downtown office building

A proposal for a $20 million office building in downtown Las Vegas for Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers took another step forward Wednesday.

The City Council voted unanimously to approve three land entitlements that will allow developer SDA Inc. to move forward with building permits for the five-story office building and 207-vehicle parking garage.

The items approved included a zoning change along Las Vegas Boulevard between Clark and Bonneville avenues, a "request to vacate" that will allow the developer to reroute an alley, and waivers from requirements that new buildings downtown abut the sidewalk.

SDA President Stephen Biagotti said the company plans to buy the lot from the city for about $3 million, the higher of two appraisals, develop the building and lease it to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The site currently is a parking lot.

Architects X9 Design Group and SR Construction, both of Las Vegas, will design and construct the building. Las Vegas ICE, LLC, an affiliate of SDA, will lease the building to the government.

Biagotti said site preparation will start as early as September, and the building will be complete by December 2012.

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