The city of Las Vegas has sent out requests for proposals for the redevelopment of the Cashman Center, which includes Cashman Field, the home of the Las Vegas 51s (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)The city of Las Vegas has sent out requests for proposals for the redevelopment of the Cashman Center, which includes Cashman Field, the home of the Las Vegas 51s (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority currently runs Cashman Center and Cashman Field at a loss — $3 million last year — and the proposal asks developers to work on a master plan for the 50-acre site. The proposal stipulates a developer build a replacement for Cashman Field — presumably to Triple-A standards — either at the Cashman Center site or elsewhere in the city.
Suggested usages for the site, according to the city, include an urban medical center, mixed-use urban village, civic/government center or cultural center, such as a museum, and an educational facility or university campus. To be blunt, the Cashman Field area isn’t a very nice part of town, far away from the glitz of the Strip. Free land is a powerful enticement to a developer, but requiring a $35 million-$50 million ballpark be part of the mix is awfully daunting, and some level of public financing will surely be needed. To the city’s credit, however, it’s not positioning the development as a tourist attraction, but rather as a solid part of the city’s infrastructure. More from the Las Vegas Business Press.