Symphony (Union) Park Cleanup to Begin

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The city of Las Vegas and the Union Pacific Railroad Co. are putting up $5 million each toward cleaning polluted soil in a former rail yard that's slated to become the site of a downtown performing arts center, offices, hotel and casino.

But officials say the two parties are probably headed to court over who'll pay for overall cleanup, which they say could amount to $30 million.

City officials want to proceed later this month with construction of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which is seen as the anchor and defining institution at the 61-acre site.

The area was known as Union Park, but was rechistened on Wednesday as Symphony Park.

For decades, the site was a railroad switch yard and fueling station.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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