Water Street District
Downtown Henderson – centered on Water Street has a rich and varied history, as does Black Mountain. The Water Street District is once again becoming the center of Henderson.
Downtown Henderson has experienced ebbs and flow of commerce and community. The City of Henderson Redevelopment Agency has been working passionately to create a downtown that provides a base for the entire community to gather, learn, work and play. The Agency owns several sites in the Water Street District. In 2013, led by key community leaders, this goal became a Master Plan for a new Water Street District. In addition to this plan, the City has allowed for zoning flexibility encouraging development. Investors using tax reimbursement options and tax incentives for investments such as the Opportunity Zone Act are helping the vision become reality.
For many Las Vegas (and even many Henderson) residents, Water Street was an unknown. If they had to do business with Henderson’s City Hall, they drove on it or Google Maps directed them to use it on occasion. But it was not a top of mind destination.
Now because of the multiple development projects, and news such as The Golden Knights opening an ice arena here, Water Street is the most talked-about road in town.
What once was a struggling area now has new life being breathed into it. Developers are buying up land, building residential units, creating community hubs and more. New projects are announced almost every month. And these projects are success stories. Some recent examples include:
- The wildly successful second location of Juan’s Flaming Fajitas.
- The soon to be opened Mohave Brewing Company.
- Lovelady Brewing Company’s continued success.
- South End on Water
- Phase one – TS Architects, Public Works Coffee, Lage Landscape Architecture.
- Phase Two is nearing completion and it is located adjacent to TSK’s office and it features retail and office space.
- Phase Three will bring new residential space to Water Street
What does this mean for Black Mountain? It means new people, students, workers, executives and families are coming here. New homes are needed and homes near Downtown are highly desired. Water Street and West Henderson are experiencing the biggest changes right now. Downtown Henderson – from its historic roots to its fast-growing new economy – is booming.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate the city of Henderson grew by nearly 10,800 people from 2017 to 2018. 2019 figures are not available yet. As Nevada’s second-largest city with about 310,000 residents, Henderson has grown by more than 50,000 people since 2010. This growth will continue and the need for homes will grow and grow.
Because of the low poverty level, low car fatality statistics and low incidences of violent crime, Henderson is ranked the number two city for safety according to Forbes. More and more, people who know real estate are realizing the potential of Henderson to be the safest and the best city for raising a family. According to Niche.com:
“ Henderson is in Clark County and is one of the best places to live in Nevada. Living in Henderson offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Henderson, there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Henderson and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Henderson are above average.” https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/henderson-clark-nv/
As the city grows, quality of life remains the most important factor for all our residents. Read more about Black Mountain’s number of acres of parks per capita, access to bike trails and open space for maintaining the kind of livable community we all need and want.