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Tenants and neighbors protest plans to redesign The District

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The District at Green Valley Ranch opened in 2004 The District at Green Valley Ranch opened in 2004
Project plan map 1. (City of Henderson) Project plan map 1. (City of Henderson)
Project plan map 2. (City of Henderson) Project plan map 2. (City of Henderson)
Rachel's Kitchen would likely lose its outdoor patio if the street proposal is passed Rachel's Kitchen would likely lose its outdoor patio if the street proposal is passed
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

A proposed plan to adjust the design of The District at Green Valley Ranch is garnering mixed opinions and outrage. The complaints come after the new owner submitted plans to the city of Henderson to turn the pedestrian walkway into a street.

"We don't want to lose what we have," said Paul Black, who owns a condominium at The District.

Earlier this week, Black received a postcard announcing the proposed change to the outdoor shopping mall.

Vestar, which recently acquired the property, submitted plans to remove the promenade and replace it with a two way street and parking spaces - similar to the design of nearby Town Square.

"I think it's a safety issue there. I think there will be tragic accidents over time," Black argued.

The property currently contains a series of benches, trees, and attractions, including a lighted Christmas Tree. On Thursday evening, several families could be seen walking through the promenade area.

"We bought here because of the ambience, and being able to walk over here, and being able to walk up and down and not have to mess with cars," said Michael Ford, who lives across the street.

On Wednesday night, approximately 75 tenants and neighbors gathered in protest of the plan. Black said the project's architect and an attorney for Vestar were present.

Calls by FOX5 to The District for comment on the proposal were not returned.

"When asked why, they said it will liven things up and it will drive more traffic to the stores," Black said.

Some store owners agree with the plan, and believe it will help bring in more business.

"I think the more people we attract, the better," said Chris Connors, a Rachel's Kitchen franchisee.

Connors is just about to open his new restaurant in The District. Even though he said he would lose his outdoor patio area, he is for the plan and thinks it will let more people know he is there.

"We need to do something," he said. "Since I've been in business for three years, I've seen seven or eight shops close… in The District. Two have opened. So, something needs to be done."

Opponents are launching a campaign to inform neighbors, visitors and shoppers of the plan. Black also created a Facebook page about the cause.

"The people who live in the homes two blocks away have no idea that they're about to lose their gathering place," Black said.

There is a meeting planned for Thursday, Dec. 13 at Henderson City Hall. The opponents want more of a discussion before anything is rubber stamped.

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