Two sessions seek thoughts for downtown master plan

Las Vegans are invited to share their vision for downtown Las Vegas as the city continues its community outreach on an updated downtown master plan.

Two public outreach events are scheduled for May 14 at World Market Center to solicit community ideas on challenges and opportunities facing downtown Las Vegas.

Participants will be able to weigh in on a proposed vision for the area. These events are part of a community outreach campaign that began last fall and has included more than 100 interviews of downtown stakeholders and two public meetings in January.

RTKL, a global architecture and urban design firm, will lead the May 14 workshops. Company representatives and a team of local and national experts, are working to update a plan to improve downtown Las Vegas’ physical, social, and economic development over the next 20 years.

Session 1 will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Session 2 is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the World Market Center, Building C, 495 Grand Central Parkway.

Participation in these events is free, and open to valley residents 18 and older. Free parking will provided in the surface lot.

NLV health center opens

Southwest Medical Associates opened a new health center in North Las Vegas on April 25.

The 3,500-square-foot center, on Civic Center Drive, will provide primary and preventive care services for adults and children, including urgent care, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics.

The center will serve North Las Vegas and surrounding communities, including the growing Medicaid population.

Southwest Medical, founded in Las Vegas in 1972, has 300 local health care providers at 21 medical health care centers, including five urgent care centers, four convenient cares and two lifestyle centers catering to older adults, and an outpatient surgery center.

Insurance units sold off

Unified Grocers, a western United States retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor, has reached an agreement to sell Springfield Insurance Co., Unified Grocers Insurance Services and their related insurance operations to New York-based AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

Under the agreement, AmTrust will purchase Unified’s Covina, Calif., building where Springfield Insurance Co. and Unified Grocers Insurance Services are housed and hire all the employees who work in the facility.

Unified Grocers Insurance Services supplies thousands of grocery retailers in nine western states. Locally, the company supplies more than 50 supermarkets throughout the Las Vegas Valley including Total Wine &More, Glazier’s Food Marketplace, Mariana’s Supermarket, Seafood City Supermarket, Cardenas Markets and La Bonita.

“We’re excited about the transaction. It marks a new chapter for Unified and our members,” Unified Grocers CEO Bob Ling officer of said in a statement. ““The transaction will be seamless to policyholders as they will benefit from the strength of a $4 billion, A.M. Best ‘A’ rated insurance provider and its wide portfolio of insurance products

LandWell donates acres

The LandWell Co., the Henderson-based real estate development division of Basic Management Inc., donated a 14-acre parcel of land to Lake Mead Christian Academy.

The new campus is an expansion of the academy’s existing 5.6-acre location on Lake Mead Parkway, which also includes land that The LandWell Co. donated in 1995.

The campus will serve grades seven through 12. Its first phase will include an academic building with 25 classrooms, a multipurpose room and a sports field.

“Lake Mead Christian Academy has a reputable name in our community and this partnership not only marks the expansion of the school, but also of our long-standing relationship,” LandWell Co. CEO Mark Paris said in a statement. “Lake Mead Christian Academy will soon call Cadence ‘home’ and as (the) Cadence (master-planned community) grows, we will continue to consider options to further boost the education offerings in Henderson.”

The first phase of construction has begun and the new campus is scheduled to open in August 2016.

“We are very grateful to The LandWell Co. for (its) continued support and specifically for this donation, which is two and a half times more land than our existing school — holding so much promise for the youth of Henderson,” Lake Mead Christian Academy administrator Sue Blakeley said in a statement. “We have served students since 1989 and the expansion of our campus provides us the opportunity to broaden our commitment to the community.”

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