Jewelry Center Grows in Vegas

Plans are under way to turn a parcel of land in downtown Las Vegas into a 5.4-acre international marketplace dedicated to the jewelry industry. Called the World Jewelry Center, the 1 million–square–foot project is being planned as a mixed-use facility that will include an office tower, retail space, and residential condos. The plans, including architectural renderings, were unveiled at a gala event inside a white tent on the dusty property—part of a 61-acre site called Union Park, which once served as a Union Pacific railroad station. The gathering included local government officials; members of Probity Intl. Corp., the company developing the project; representatives of Altoon + Porter Architects, the architectural firm designing the complex; and officials representing the 11 jewelry trade companies and organizations that have signed letters of intent to occupy the center. The
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