Kyle Canyon project on residents' radar


The fastest-growing part of the valley could swell farther northwest , but neighbors just want to see it done right.

Developers have been eyeing land at the intersection of Kyle Canyon Road and U.S. Highway 95 for years and even slapped a name on plans. The Kyle Canyon Gateway Project has changed faces and hands, but now plans for the 1,700-acre parcel have been whittled down to a possible 9,000 houses, retail properties and a casino.

KAG Property LLC owns the parcel. Former owner Focus Properties Group lost the land in 2008. The company had planned to add about double the homes and amenities that KAG Property LLC has discussed.

The new owners also promise 75 acres for parks, trails and equestrian use and a school.

KAG Property is also slated to add a water detention basin to reduce flooding near existing elementary schools, in addition to supplementing funds for a new fire station.

Landowners and the city of Las Vegas continue to host community meetings for neighbors who have mixed feelings about the project.

It may take years for all sides to reach common ground and construction to begin, a representative from KAG Property said.

Todd Schwartz, president of the Spring Mountain Ranch Homeowners Association, lives about 1,500 feet from where proposed commercial property could land with the Kyle Canyon Gateway Project. He has attended meetings with landowners to express his and many other neighbors' concerns.

Schwartz said he doesn't want to see establishments with gaming of any type on site or any off-site liquor sales. He said he's fine with a grocery store selling alcohol, but he said a gas station or tavern would attract the wrong kind of clientele to a family area.

"We're asking for the commercial (portion) to be residential family-oriented," he said. " We're being realistic, though. We want to reach a common ground."

Schwartz said he has drawn pros and cons regarding a casino planned near his home. He said he sees the marketability of having a casino on the land but worries it won't be the draw that developers envision.

"They say it will add jobs," he said. "The best idea they have to add jobs is to build a casino?"

Centennial Hills resident Thomas Schmidt said he doesn't want any of the project near his home.

"I moved out to this area to escape density," he said. "I already open my door and see home after home. It's enough."

Contact Centennial and North Las Vegas View reporter Maggie Lillis at mlillis@viewnews.com or 477-3839.

 

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