Not everyone happy with District opening to traffic
Vehicles will soon be able to drive up to businesses at The District at Green Valley Ranch. (FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Construction at The District at Green Valley Ranch started in late June, and after four months, the thoroughfare is ready to open up to traffic.
Cars will be able to drive up to businesses and park in front of retailers and restaurants by the end of October.
"We saw so many businesses unfortunately close because it was almost a seasonal type of mall," said Chris Connors, franchisee of Rachel's Kitchen.
Connors says during the summer and winter their restaurant struggled to get consistent customers in the door.
With parking spaces right in front of his business, he's confident year-round customers will be flocking to eat at his restaurant.
"We knew something had to be done," Connors said. "A lot of people loved the District, as did we at Rachel's Kitchen, but something had to be done to bring in new business to attract to customers."
This weekend, the District is hosting a myriad of events to celebrate its grand opening.
On Friday, models walked up and down a catwalk for a fashion show, while District patrons casually watched.
Sammy Vassilev and his wife Eva Nencheva were some of these patrons. They brought their two kids along, however, the couple says they are concerned about safety.
"It used to be a very secure place where, you know, you can let go of a kid and don't really worry about it," Vassilev said. "Now we'll have to worry about cars once again."
They come here several times a week because they live within walking distance. Vassilev says it won't stop them from coming here, but Nencheva says they'll likely have to rethink where they take their kids to play.
"Just probably when we want our kids to have fun," Nencheva said, "we will think about somewhere else."
Ampy Coronel loves to take her kids there when she shops. She says she would reconsider how often she goes to the District if traffic gets too congested.
"They better rethink things and see how it's going to be once they have all these parking spots available to be parked in and see how it works," Coronel said.
Retailers and restaurants pushed for this change to Henderson City Council earlier this year.
District marketing officials say during event weekends they will have the capability to block off the street, so traffic will not be able to drive through.
Meanwhile, officials say the District is a community-oriented place, and plan to keep it that way.
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Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
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