The City purchases the First Western Bank property downtown for future
June 23, 1992--
Architect Jon Jerde presents a plan for the Fremont Street Experience. The
City contracts Jerde to formulate an implementation plan.
May 20, 1993--
The state approves an initiative to increase the room tax at specific downtown
hotels as a funding mechanism for the Fremont Street Experience (AB433).
May 25, 1993--
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approves giving $8 million for
the construction, improvement and betterment of a city-owned recreation
facility--the Fremont Street Experience.
July 1, 1993--
The state passes a bill enabling the creation of a pedestrian mall on Fremont
August 4, 1993--
The City Council approves an ordinance increasing by one and two percent
the room tax at specific hotels located downtown to help finance the project
September 30, 1993--
The eight owners of 10 downtown hotel/casinos unite to form the Fremont
Street Experience Company.
October 20, 1993--
The City Council passes an ordinance to close Fremont Street to through
traffic and create a pedestrian mall (Ordinance 3747).
October 27, 1993--
The Fremont Street Experience Project Development agreement is signed
between the City of Las Vegas, the City of Las Vegas Downtown
Redevelopment Agency and the Fremont Street Experience Company.
Management agreement for the Fremont Street Experience is signed between
the City of Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience Company.
The City of Las Vegas begins acquiring the remaining property in the 400
block of Fremont Street, the future site of the Parking Plaza and the Plaza
Shops at Fremont Street.
November 1, 1993--
Architect agreement is signed between the Fremont Street Experience
Company and JPI Nevada.
November 3, 1993--
Construction management agreement is signed between the Fremont Street
Experience Company and Marnell Corrao Associates.
November 3, 1993--
Project management agreement is signed by the Fremont Street Experience
Company and Atlandia Design.
Asbestos removal and demolition of the First Western Bank and buildings in
the 400 block of Fremont Street begin.
September 7, 1994--
Fremont Street closes permanently to vehicular traffic to make way for
construction of the Fremont Street Experience.
September 8, 1994--
The City of Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience Company
commemorate the evolution of Fremont Street and celebrate the beginning of
the Fremont Street Experience with a celebratory history cruise.
September 16, 1994--
Ground breaking for the Fremont Street Experience.
Construction fences go up. The pavement on the street is removed. Thirty-
foot-deep footings for the 16 support columns for the space frame are drilled
and columns are installed.
Approval and passage of solicitation ordinances, including a complete
prohibition of panhandling within the Fremont Street Experience once the
project becomes substantially complete.
The space frame is delivered and installation begins on the construction site
of the Fremont Street Experience. On Feb. 15, the first section of the space
frame is lifted into place and attached to the columns. Forms and ramps go up
on garage site.
Construction crews "top off" the space frame by installing the final section.
September 1995 ---
The first landscaped block of the pedestrian mall, featuring palm trees,
flowers and decorative paving, is unveiled between Main and First streets.
Construction is completed on the 1,400-space parking garage.
December 14, 1995--
Public grand opening of the Fremont Street Experience.
Graphic display system upgraded to light-emitting diodes increasing the screen resolution.