Okay, if I were to be TOTALLY honest, I tune out a little when I hear the words “master plan” (I shouldn’t, I know) … but in this instance, I did not!
And it was a good thing because the current conversation is what kind of facility is going to be built in the El Dorado Valley right where the new Interstate 11 will cross the 95. You can already see that the road construction has reached this point when you are at the turnoff to Searchlight, so the area we’re talking about are the “four corners” that will be created when the cross is made (see the inset on the map above). To be EXTRA clear on the map … Boulder City is off to the right and Railroad Pass is off to the upper left. Where the red lines end is where you currently exit US-93 to go to Searchlight.
And now that you’re looking at the inset photos — there are also some examples of the types of buildings that COULD be built at the interchange … ranging from data centers (like the one for Switch in Reno, pictured) or warehouse fulfillment centers (like the one for Amazon in Lehigh Valley, pictured).
OR it could be a travel center (a more modern name for truck stops, I’m told), even though one is being planned for the Railroad Pass area. Nothing is out of the question at this point, but it’s approximately 700 acres of available land to be developed, so it’s doubtful that it will be anything small!
GC Garcia (the company hired to compile info for this master plan) has been having meetings with a variety of organizations — City Council, the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Committee, the Economic Vitality Commission, etc. And thankfully, they’ve scheduled a public outreach meeting to talk to the community directly about what residents and businesses would prefer be built on this land.
The Neighborhood Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12th (2016) at 6:00pm at the Boulder City Library (701 Adams Blvd.).
So Fans … THIS is where you will have the opportunity to weigh in on various ideas that have already been presented and propose our own alternatives for what gets developed there. Because something will surely be built … the land will be easily freeway accessible and would a valuable piece of revenue-producing real estate for Boulder City. So if you want to be heard — this is when you can get your grip on the mic…
(CLICK HERE to open the full-page flyer in PDF for more detailed info)
UPDATE: There’s been quite a few good ideas in the comments of our Facebook post on this topic, so if you’d like to read those, just CLICK HERE!