Project Neon continues to create uncertainty for local business owners

LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Department of Transportation announced Monday that it acquired all of the property it needs to complete Project Neon. However, there are still some business owners in limbo.

For almost a year, crews have been working to widen Interstate 15 between Sahara and the Spaghetti Bowl.

For now, a handful of buildings in the area were spared from a wrecking ball.  One business owner said he received a letter from NDOT, but the letter left him with more questions than answers.  

Steven Van Hoove has owned this upholstery shop centrally located near Charleston and I-15 for 33 years, but now, the store's location may be an issue for Project Neon.

Van Hoove is one of a few business owners who did not have to give up his property to make room for Project Neon.  However, Van Hoove has offered to sell the plot of land or he
says he wants a document that says Project Neon would never need his land, so he would never have to sell it in the future.

"We are in limbo," Van Hoove said.  "They gave me a letter stating that they wouldn't need my property as of yet, but they won't give me a permanent letter saying that they'll never need my property."

Instead, Van Hoove received a letter saying his property wasn't needed, but the "future phases are still in the planning stage, so there is no way to predict when, or even if, your property would be someday required."

Van Hoove says its stalling the plans he has for his business.

"Now that I want to fix up my building because of what's coming, they can't give me a definite answer on how long I'm going to stay," Van Hoove said."

NDOT bought an estimated 190 properties, including some by eminent domain, and according to Tony Illia with NDOT, all of the property acquisition for Project Neon are complete.

"Once we're done with Project Neon, any additional right of way that we acquire, that we may have needed during construction and no longer need, once it's done, we will divest," said Illia.

Van Hoove says he has been exploring his options.
 
"If they're gonna take me, take me now so that I can make arrangements for something else, but I need to know one way or the other," Van Hoove said. "But this location is a good location for us."

Project Neon will be finished in Summer of 2019.
For a complete list of road closures caused by Project Neon go here.

 


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