Clark County plans to hire a national real estate firm to market its 9,000-acre stretch of land south of Laughlin.
The plans come following the failure of ENN Mojave Energy, a China-based company, to deliver on its plans to build a solar power plant at the site.
County commissioners on Tuesday directed staff to start searching for the company, which will explore the possibilities.
Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, whose district includes the area, said Laughlin residents are anxious for the county to start aggressively marketing the parcel. They are interested in something that would be built there, not a speculative land deal that keeps the property vacant indefinitely, he said.
Nancy Lipski, the county’s comprehensive planning director, told commissioners that the firm will be directed to seek proposals from companies that are viable and “could almost hit the ground running.”
ENN in December 2011 reached an agreement with the county to use the land, but failed to meet an 18-month deadline to obtain a power purchase agreement. The company didn’t seek an extension, Lipski said.
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