Whatever happened to that homeless corridor gate, anyway?

Big beautiful gate and homeless will pay for it
The Las Vegas City Council approved the gate in August to buffer area businesses from what the city calls the "corridor of hope." (City Council PowerPoint map)
Big beautiful gate and homeless will pay for it
The Las Vegas City Council approved a gate in August to buffer area businesses from what the city calls the “corridor of hope.” (City Council PowerPoint map)

Construction on a proposed gate to limit foot traffic on Foremaster Lane has been postponed until early 2019. The Las Vegas City Council voted Aug. 1 to erect a gate within the Homeless Corridor.

“We had to work through some underground utility issues that required some slight redesigns of the gate post locations,” says Jace Radke, a spokesman with the city.

City officials said the gate would help improve pedestrian safety in the area and was also needed as a component of the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center’s master plan. The gate would address concerns from surrounding businesses such as Anderson Dairy, which is across the street.

In the August City Council meeting, officials were told the gate would cost between $39,000 and $45,000. Radke says the postponement won’t increase the estimated cost.

The August motion passed 5-2. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian voted against moving forward after Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada requested a 30-day abeyance.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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