Las Vegas's Blue Diamond Road Area Gets Plans for Major New Projects

Jim Ludwig complains about overweight trucks parking on his residential street in what used to be a rural enclave of half-acre lots scattered around Blue Diamond Road.

He's called police, Clark County, Nevada Department of Transportation, everyone he can think of who would be responsible for enforcing the laws, all to no avail.

More disheartening for Ludwig, truck traffic is worsening on Blue Diamond, which turns into state Highway 160 leading to Pahrump, as the area attracts more development.

Tim Snow, president of Thomas & Mack Co., said the Department of Transportation, had planned to widen the road to six lanes. Because it's taken so long for work to begin, plans now call for eight lanes.

Thomas & Mack, which is building the 70-acre Blue Diamond Business Park, with Kens Foods as a major tenant, is one of several developers with financial interests in the area.

ROI Commercial Real Estate is marketing 100 acres at Blue Diamond and Valley View Boulevard, right around the corner from Ludwig, where Blue Diamond Crossing shopping center is planned, anchored by Target Greatland, Ross and Office Depot.

Garry Goett, developer of the Southern Highlands community south of Blue Diamond, and longtime Las Vegas developer Randy Black are partners with Thomas & Mack in the 425-acre Blue Diamond Ranches at Decatur Boulevard.

Jay Bingham owns land at Blue Diamond and Arville Street that was at one time planned for a golf course, then a retention basin and now Blue Diamond Business Center.

Major housing developments in the area include Southern Highlands, Mountain's Edge, Rhodes Ranch, Coronado Ranch and Nevada Trails.

"We're seeing a couple of things," Snow said. "We're seeing a good amount of build-to-suit for large users. That's good for the market. It shows a certain vibrance of the marketplace. It's not speculative building.

"The second point that I would make is the ability to provide power in large blocks for those users who need it and the ability to provide redundant fiber is going to be very important."

To that end, Thomas & Mack is working with Nevada Power Co. to build a substation and with two telecommunication carriers, including Sprint, to provide redundant fiber.

"That's very important for call centers and backup data," Thomas & Mack Vice President Rick Myers said. "If this guy with the backhoe cuts your line, you're out of business."

Again, Thomas & Mack has a vested interest in providing such services.

Along with the 400-acre Beltway Business Park off I-215 between Jones and Decatur boulevards, home to GES Exposition Services' headquarters, Thomas & Mack is building Southern Highlands Corporate Center, an office park next to the golf-course community.