News From Mesquite
 
By Stephanie Frehner
Water District begins work on new well

After a year of negotiations between Urban Land of Nevada and the Virgin Valley Water District, work has begun on a new well site located near the corner of Pioneer and Oasis Boulevards beside the Nevada State Bank.

The old well located adjacent to the new site became unusable almost two years ago according to Kevin Brown, VVWD manager. A new well had to be at least 100 feet away from the old one. That put it outside the boundaries of the land owned by VVWD. The right-of-way easement for the old site ran down the middle of less than a quarter of an acre site owned by Urban Land making any development on the land difficult.

Through extensive negotiations VVWD and UNL worked out a land swap that gave the old site to UNL including the ROW easement while VVWD received a three-acre site for the new well. No monies changed hands in the swap.

Grading on the new site began this week with 4,300 cubic yards of dirt going to the Rising Star Sports Ranch site. That paves the way for a new 30,000 square foot fieldhouse that will be constructed by the Rising Star and opening in April 2017.

Brown told the MLN that the district expects there to be about nine months of work on the new well and they hope to have it operational by May 2017. Nearby residents will be kept informed as the work progresses. All architectural features of the new well have been approved by the Mesquite Vistas HOA architectural review committee.

 
By Teri Nehrenz
CasaBlanca Spa invites you to ‘TOSS THE TECHNOLOGY’
Monday, August 15 is National Relaxation Day but the CasaBlanca Resort and Spa feels that their guests deserve an entire week of relaxation. To help them achieve that they’re offering a 10 percent discount on one spa treatment and a 20 percent discount for two or more treatments for the entire week.

The CasaBlanca spa invites patrons to “Toss the Technology” and indulge in a variety of treatments to relax the mind, body and spirit. From massage to pedicures, you can have one treatment or several that are guaranteed to ease the domination of social media and around the clock workloads that create stress.

Your spa experience will begin the moment you walk in the door. Per the instructional sign on the door, now is the time to turn your cell phone off.

The lobby is minimally but beautifully designed with muted colors and wood accents. Behind the front desk are smiling receptionists waiting to check you in, answer any questions you may have and provide you with your plush robe and slippers along with your locker key.

After you’ve changed in their very well-maintained locker room you can visit the relaxation room while you wait for your “therapist” to come get you. With soft music playing in the background, staff voices kept soft and low and no electronics you’re already beginning to relax.

Relaxation room. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

When your aesthetician, massage therapist, stylist or any one of the other men and women who provide you with services comes to get you, you’re going to instantly feel pampered. The staff is very attentive and respectful.

The treatment rooms are kept dimly lit with soft music playing overhead. Staff gives you a minute or two to prepare yourself comfortably in the room. Looking around, you’ll find everything picture perfect. The room is kept clean, with a soft and pleasant aroma in the air. Your therapist will ask you a few questions before they begin so they may cater the service to your very specific needs while still giving you the full experience of the massage, facial, pedicure or other treatment.

Jenny Munoz is one of the massage therapists. Her demeanor is soft and quiet and she’s very warm and welcoming. As you’re lying there with your eyes closed her massage is fluid and smooth; her position is constantly changing but her movement around you and the massage table is nearly imperceptible. She is silent in her work and there is absolutely nothing to distract you from the palpable sense of your stress simply melting away.

The CasaBlanca’s Spa and Salon focuses on natural and organic healing and uses products by several top-of-the-line products from Hempz, Eminence, Fiji and Farmhouse Fresh.

If your choice of treatment is a facial, Carol Love, licensed aesthetician, is one of the women you may encounter. Love is very passionate about her work, loves her clients and is knowledgeable about the products she uses. During the process, Love will answer your questions and very easily chat with you if you’d like but silence is golden when she’s giving you a neck, shoulder, hand and arm massage; silence may be golden but her massage is nothing short of heavenly.

“The Spa & Salon at CasaBlanca is truly a hidden treasure here in Mesquite,” said Julia Abouzeid, director of operations. “We’re turning off the technology and offering guests the experience of ultimate relaxation at our renowned, full-service spa, especially as summer draws to an end and the start of the new school season is quickly approaching.”

Guests can indulge in any number of treatments celebrating National Relation Day. The signature treatment is the CasaBlanca Trio, which is 100 minutes of pure relaxation for $160. This treatment includes a body scrub and hydrating wrap, followed by a soothing massage using top-of-the-line Pure Fiji products.

In addition to the Signature Treatment, the Spa & Salon at CasaBlanca features a variety of relaxing massages from 50 to 80 minutes.

Spa’s private pool. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

After you’ve been thoroughly pampered and you are relaxed and feeling good there’s no need to rush off. Take your time and visit the eucalyptus steam room or relax outdoors in the shade, in the sun by the private pool, or just chill in the air-conditioned comfort of the relaxation room; nobody is trying to undo all the good that has been done to you so far. You just keep that locker shut tight with your cellphone, tablet or laptop tucked safely out of sight, out of mind. The CasaBlanca Spa personnel want you to continue to let that stress melt away all day long.

The National Relaxation Day discount applies for treatments occurring on the same day for one guest. Spa hours are 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

For more information or to book a service, call 877.438.2929 or 702-346-6760. Like “CasaBlanca” on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram @CasablancaNV.

 
By Mesquite Local News
Mesquite Men’s Golf Association

HOEPFNER HAS BEST ROUND EVER

After a golfer gets his first hole-in-one the next best thing in golf is to shoot your best round of golf in your entire life after your 60th birthday. We won’t divulge Ed Hoepfner’s age but he shot the best round of his life Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Falcon Ridge. He made the turn with a two over par 37 which is pretty much his normal front side score, give or take a couple shots. He would birdie the par five 12th and then made three straight pars. At that point he was even par on the back because he started on 17 with a par and bogeyed 18. So the nerves may have been a bit up as he approached his last hole the par five 16th knowing that a par would be his best round ever by one shot. The “gray” fox was as cool as Jim Furyk was on the 18th hole making his last putt for 58. In this scenario he just went out and made birdie for a 73 beating his lowest round ever by two shots. The fun didn’t stop there as his 73 tied Andrew Yeh for medalist honors. They went to the fourth handicap hole, the par five first hole, where Hoepfner won first place with a par. Congrats Ed on a superb round of golf. Two other players in Hoepfner’s foursome did well when Gene Scavetta shot his best round in awhile a 79 and fellow member Rick Scholl dropped a 76. Scavetta netted a 66 for first place net edging out Tim Bergstrom (81) and net 68.

YEH LOSES SECOND STRAIGHT MATCH

Andrew Yeh lost his second straight match at the Canyons on Thursday, Aug. 11. Both times it was a round of 73 that beat him. Bubba Petrick buried birdies on holes 3, 6, 9 and 12 for a nice round of 36-37-73. Yeh’s double bogey on hole number one and one less birdie than Petrick did him in as he recorded a 39-35-74. Two other MMGA members broke that magic number 80. Hal Rundle scored 35-43-78. But the talk of the ‘Sam Adams round table’ was turned in by Pat Smitty. He had a string of four holes where he dropped in a birdie, eagle, par, birdie on the back side for 37 and a total 77. Great rounds!

Both Smitty and Rundle were in the same foursome and both had the shots of the day. Rundle on the par three 7th was short of the green but chipped some 60 feet up a steep incline where his ball came to a dead stop about five feet above the hole. It started to move and rolled down the slope into the cup for a great birdie two. As mentioned in Smitty’s nice string of four holes on the back his drive on the par four 12 was short of the green where he chipped on to a front pin and drained it for a superb eagle. 

The next scheduled play Thursday, Aug.18 at 7 a.m. at the Palms. Always check your signup sheets for any corrected times or places. Anyone interested in joining the MMGA can call 702-346-5636. Also check out our website at www.mesquitemensgolf .com.

 
By Barbara Ellestad
Lee explains birth of Rising Star Sports Ranch
Drawing on his personal experience ferrying his own children to sports events, Greg Lee related how he and others developed the idea for the new Rising Star Sports Ranch located on Sandhill Boulevard in Mesquite. Lee, Chairman of the Eureka Resort Casino and part of Urban Land of Nevada, spoke to a packed house at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The decision to purchase the old Mesquite Star came shortly after a different company tried to buy the property for a travel center and truck stop. When that failed, in part due to public disapproval, the Lee’s stepped in and purchased the property from Mesquite Gaming LLC.

Lee described a conversation with his father, Ted, who said, “I’ll buy the property but you kids have to figure out what to do with it.” The kids were a reference to Greg Lee and Andre Carrier, CEO of Eureka Casino and Rising Star. “We were interested developing something that was planned and provided a stronger city. It was my dad’s patience and ability to make a decision” that helped seal the deal.

Lee said he and his executive team considered turning the 210-room hotel into an assisted living facility. “But that didn’t excite me for the community’s synergy and it wasn’t a business I thought I would like,” Lee said.

Even though the facility began as a casino hotel in 1999, deed restrictions on the Lee’s purchase prohibited large scale gaming. “Gambling is not the draw it used to be,” Lee said, so he wasn’t disappointed with the restriction.

“I began paying attention to friends who were calling about hotel rooms they needed while their kids were playing in a sports tournament,” he said. “Then we started noticing how many kids’ sports tournaments were in Mesquite and realized that the business was all around us already. The assets were here,” Lee said, referring to numerous ball and soccer fields built by the city.

And so the idea of creating a sports ranch hotel and resort began taking hold. “I have a healthy amount of fear and anxiety about this because we don’t know how it’s going to roll out. Something different always means fear,” Lee said. “We want to make Mesquite a place teams want to drive an extra hour to play in.”

His management team intends to perform hospitality differently enough that parents and chaperones will enjoy their weekend time during sports events as much as the kids do. Instead of making choices and giving up some personal time, parents can attend their children’s games and yet go to the spa or enjoy family time together at the Rising Star Sports Ranch. “By programming things properly we’ll be able to give people that time,” Lee said, adding that all the sports fields and golf courses are within a 10-minute drive radius in Mesquite.

Speaking to the large audience of business owners and people at the Chamber luncheon Lee said the Ranch is looking for opportunities to partner with them for various amenities that hotel guests will need and want. He also said the Rising Star will start a soft opening in October but did not mention a set date for its official grand opening.

 
By Desert Valley Times
Pizza Factory Looking for Franchisees in Mesquite

MESQUITE, Nev. – Adored for its great-tasting menu items and an environment unmatched among pizza competitors, Pizza Factory, announced today a franchise growth strategy targeting Mesquite. The family-friendly pizza shop, with 113 locations in six states, has set into motion a strategy that aims to provide their renowned high-quality product, give back to the community and develop strong bonds with their neighbors in Mesquite.

“The role we play in the communities we serve goes well beyond just being the best place in the neighborhood for pizza. And, from the beginning of their journey with us, our franchisees are drawn to the brand because of the sincere connections we have with our fans,” said Mary Jane Riva, president and CEO of Pizza Factory. “We are growing our footprint into neighborhoods big and small where we know our awesome people, product and philanthropic partnerships will be valued and Mesquite has exactly what we are looking for.”

Pizza Factory has established a solid reputation already in the West and its growth strategy reflects this stronghold on the region, where it can properly support locations through marketing and operations programs. The high-level of support Pizza Factory offers its franchisees has provided significant scalability for franchisees, many of which have opened multiple locations or have plans to do so.

With a strategic plan in place, Pizza Factory will grow into Mesquite and is now accepting franchisee inquiries. Pizza Factory will be a welcomed addition to Mesquite because it has such a strong sense of community with a great balance of residential and business buildings.

“We also have a strong commitment to helping our franchisees reach their performance and growth goals,” added Riva. “The majority of our franchisees work in their restaurants and live in the communities they serve. They care deeply about their customers, their business and making a difference. We assist in every way possible to ensure our franchisees’ restaurants radiate the welcoming neighborhood feel we all have come to know and love.”

The brand’s slogan “We Toss’Em, They’re Awesome!” is well-known among guests who cherish their hand-tossed pizzas, as well as the fresh, handmade pastas, sandwiches, and salads featured on the menu. Unlike similar pizza concepts, Pizza Factory uses only fresh, hand-grated 100% mozzarella cheese, slow cooked meat sauce and meatballs that are hand rolled in-house. The fast-casual pizzeria allows guests to order at the counter before their food is delivered tableside.

In support of the towns Pizza Factory calls home, it launched the well-known “No Bully Zone” program that raises awareness about the prevalence of bullying in schools and throughout the community. Through community partnerships, Pizza Factory fights to put an end to harsh bullying wherever and whenever it occurs. In addition, Pizza Factory also offers fundraising programs to support local schools, youth sports leagues, as well as other community groups and organizations.

 
By Pat Warren
How to Keep a Healthy Lawn in Nevada

OK, we’re hip deep in the summer heat and your lawn might be looking a little worse for wear. So what are you going to do about it? Well, that’s what I’ll be talking about this month but first I’ll discuss grasses in general.

There are three grasses that are usually used in hot climates: fescue, Bermuda and ryegrass. The odds are that you have either fescue or Bermuda because they are the most popular.

Bermuda grass is considered a warm season grass and you’ll know that you have it when your lawn turns brown in the winter.  Bermuda grass is spread by rhizomes (root-like structures that run horizontally underground) so it can fill in damaged areas without reseeding. Unfortunately, those rhizomes also make Bermuda grass a bit troubling. Bermuda grass, because it can spread unseen, usually infests areas where you don’t want it to be and it’s virtually impossible to control.

Fescue, a higher water-use grass, is considered a cool season grass. It can suffer a little in our heat and thin out over time but it can remain green year round. It is a clumping grass so it will not spread to fill in damaged spots but it won’t spread uncontrollably either—any damage can be fixed by a light reseeding every 2-3 years.

Ryegrass is usually used in combination with Bermuda grass. Ryegrass will stay green in winter and go dormant just as the Bermuda grass starts to turn green in the spring.

Now here are a few easy steps to keeping your lawn looking great.

First, mow properly. Fescue should be mowed to a height of 2 ½ - 3 ½ inches while Bermuda will fare better if you cut it a little shorter – about 1- 1½ inches.

Next, water properly. Water your lawn between 4-7 a.m. This will prevent excess evaporation and also deter the wet conditions that can lead to fungal growth. Make sure that the sprinklers are all working properly and cover all parts of your lawn equally—excess runoff waters the sidewalk, not your lawn.

And, finally, set your sprinklers to go on at intervals. Three to four minutes a day is a good place to start and split the time into two parts. So if you’re watering for 4 minutes a day, have your sprinklers go on for two minutes, then wait an hour and have them go on for another two minutes. This allows the water to soak into the ground. Your soil should be saturated to a depth of about six inches. If your lawn is growing quickly but begins to turn yellow, you’re probably overwatering. If it has a grey or brown appearance, you’re probably under watering.

Have other gardening questions? Call the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The service is free.

Pat Warren is a certified Cooperative Extension Master Gardener. She started her training because of the frustration she felt trying to get something, anything, to grow in Nevada

 
By Emily Havens
Rising Star Sports Ranch Ahead of Schedule

The Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is ahead of schedule and undergoing final, last-minute changes before its opening in October.

Sports teams, camps and tournaments will find a variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities at the resort that will offer an experience unique to the southwest region of the country.

The facility boasts 210 rooms, several of which offer bunk beds for travelling sports teams with adjoining rooms for coaches or parents.

The doors on the north side of the building will serve as the resort’s main entrance, where a statue made of all different types of sports equipment will greet guests. Light grey wood paneling hugs the front desk counter, and light fixtures and other small details help create a country-esque ambiance.

The east entrance, which previously served as the Mesquite Star’s main entrance, is being transformed into a semi-enclosed outdoor porch that will be carpeted.

Originally set to open in December, the opening date was pushed forward since construction and renovations were running so smoothly, said Tim Marleau, the resort’s manager and director.

Marleau told the Desert Valley Times the resort is about 90 percent completed, with only finishing touches and hiring left to secure."We have some punch-list and cable management stuff that we need to do still, but it’s pretty much all done for the most part," Marleau said.

A 30,000-square-foot fieldhouse is scheduled to be completed in April and will offer an indoor soccer field. Marleau said it’s designed to be configured for different types of sports, and that it’ll be big enough to hold three basketball courts.

Also located on the resort’s grounds is putting green, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a baseball field, a soccer field, and other resources for sports enthusiasts.

However, Marleau said the resort isn’t just for sports teams.

"We need the support of regular hotel guests, as well," he said.

Additionally, at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Rising Star developer Greg Lee emphasized the importance of family.

"Rising Star will look to create ways for mom and dad to sneak in a round of golf or a massage, and for the whole family to spend some time by the pool," Lee said in a press release.

Marleau said the resort’s restaurant, which hasn’t yet been publicly named, will offer food, wings and other casual cuisine. The kitchen is mostly completed, but its equipment still needs to be installed.

Although the resort's interior is rustic inspired, make no mistake: Rising Star will be equipped with several high-tech gadgets unique to any other hotel in the area, including four security drones and — most likely — a robot that can perform room service duties.

"We’re still trying to work out the logistics. We’ll load the robot up, and it will head over to the room where it needs to go to. Then the guests can take their food and it will go on its way," Marleau said.

The surveillance drones will be equipped with screens on which the operator can communicate with guests so it feels "realistic," Marleau said.

Lee told local business owners and community members that Rising Star will help "grow Mesquite’s ecosystem."

Several  possibilities were considered for the space, Lee said, and he knew a casino wouldn’t draw as many people to the city — let alone keep them here.

Since the facility is different than anything of its kind in the area, Lee said a "healthy amount of fear" is accompanying Rising Star’s opening although he doesn’t fear that it won’t be successful.

Lee said the largest groups of employees will be housekeeping, facilities management and security, and Marleau said the staffing process is nearly complete.

Follow reporter Emily Havens on Twitter, @EmilyJHavens. Email her at ehavens@thespectrum.com or call her at 435-640-4825.

 
By Mesquite Local News
Falcon RIdge Golf Club Tournament

Anyone interested in playing in these fun and competitive tourneys should call Mindee West at Falcon Ridge– 702-346-6363

 
By Desert Valley Times
Mesquite Community Calendar Feb. 27-March 3

Saturday, Feb. 27

Mesquite Shooters Pistol Club meets at 8 a.m. at the Mesquite Shooters Pistol Club Range. Take Old Highway 91 to Hidden Valley, then follow Hidden Valley to the range. For information, visit www.mesquiteshooters.org, or call Ovid Pinckert, 702-346-6314, or Ken Ness, 702-613-4170.

Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Club flies every Saturday at 9 a.m. The club field is west of the Scenic Highway, one-quarter mile south of Old Highway 91. Spectators and new members are welcome. For more information, visit desertfoxflyers.com.

Fitness Boot camp is held at 10 a.m. at various locations. Call John at 970-209-6479 for more information.

LDS 12-step Recovery Program meets at 7 p.m. in the Littlefield Chapel, located at 3260 Old Highway 91.

Sunday, Feb. 28

AL-ANON Family Group meets at 3 p.m. at 371 Riverside Road in the Amex Building on the corner of Riverside Road and Hafen Lane. Contact Lynn 928-347-5478 or Sherri 801-792-7353.

LDS Addiction Recovery Support Group meets at  7 p.m. at the Littlefield Chapel.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m., Arizona time, at the Beaver Dam Fire Station, located at 630 Old Highway 91. Call 702-346-6315 for more information.

Monday, Feb. 29

Living Waters Fellowship Couples Ministry is presenting “You and Me Forever,” at 6 p.m. at the Living Waters Fellowship, located at 211 W. First Street South Suites C-D. For information, please contact Ken and Debbie Fergus at 702-370-5337, or at kenzbabe@relianceconnects.com 

Alcoholic Anonymous will meet at 8 p.m. at 150 N Yucca St. in room 18. Spanish speaking meetings are held Monday through Tuesday.  Call 435-215-8653 for more information.

AL-ANON: 12 and 12 meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in the hospitality suite, 1030 West Pioneer Blvd. It is a 12-step study, women’s stag meeting. Contact Jill at 702-845-5736.

Tuesday, March 1

The Mesquite Sunrise Rotary club meets at 7:15 a.m., at the Oasis Grill at 100 Palmer Lane in Mesquite.  For more information contact Maddy Wilcox, President, at 702-218-5612.

Silver Tongued Toastmasters meet at 8 a.m. at Scotty’s Bar & Grill Restaurant at Falcon Ridge Golf Course, 1024 Normandy Lane.

Toddler Story Time at the Mesquite Library, 121 W. First North, starts at 10 a.m. Parents may bring children ages 0 to 3 years old. For more information, call 702-346-5224.

A women-only support group is held at 10 a.m. at the Littlefield Chapel, 3260 Old Highway 91. Bring your addictions, sorrows and weaknesses.

The Exchange Club of Mesquite meets at noon in the Mesquite Veterans Center, 840 Hafen Lane. Call 702-346-6633 for information

The Rotary Club of Mesquite meets at noon in the Mesquite Vistas Club House, 851 Oasis Blvd. For information, visit www.mesquitenvrotary.org.

A weekly class on acrylic and oil painting takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., every Tuesday at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery classroom, 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. The cost is $10 each class and must be paid the day of class.

Mesquite City Council holds its meetings at 5 p.m. at the Mesquite City Hall council chambers.

Narcotics Anonymous is an open meeting starting at 5 p.m. at 150 N. Yucca St. in room 12.

Gamblers Anonymous of Southern Nevada (GASN) will meet in Mesquite from 5 to 6 p.m. at 150 N. Yucca St. in room 18

Mesquite Men’s Golf Association meets for competition and fun at various golf courses in the area. Call 702-346-6363 for more information, or go online to Mesquitemensgolf.com.

Wednesday, March 2

The Mesquite Library, 121 W. First North, will present Preschool Story Time for ages 0 to 5 years old at 11 a.m. For more information, call 702-346-5224.

Preschool story time will take place at  2 p.m. at the Bunkerville Library, 150 W. Virgin St. For more information, call 702-346-5238

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets from  3:30 to 5 p.m. at Am FCU, 590 W. Mesquite Blvd. Call Rosemary at 702-345-6818 for information.

Wii Wednesday takes place at the Mesquite Library, 121 W. First North. Teens are welcome to come and play Wii games at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 702-346-5224.

AL-ANON meets 5:30 p.m. at 371 Riverside Road in Amex Building on corner of Riverside and Hafen. Contact Lynn 928-347-5478 or Sherri 801-792-7353.

The LDS 12-step recovery Program meets at 7 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, located at100 N. Arrowhead.

Thursday, March 3

The Coyote Willows Senior Men’s league is looking for golfers. The league golfs on Thursdays at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 for 18 holes. If interested, call Lee Coonradt at 702-346-2204

The Red Hat Hautes meet at 11:30 a.m.. Call Suzanne Gagnon 702-345-3245 or Flora Garcia 702-346-1841 for more information.

The Chamber Mixer is held 5 to 7 p.m. at various business locations.

Virgin River Communities meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaver Dam Elementary School.

The Mesquite Elks meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Mesquite Elks Lodge, 545 W. Riverside Road. Call 702-345-2811 for information.

The Mesquite Men’s Golf Association meets for competition and fun at various golf courses in the area. Call 702-346-6363 for more information, or go online to Mesquitemensgolf.com.

 
By Lucas M. Thomas, Desert Valley Times
REV project headlines Wednesday's City Council Meeting

In what will be a difficult budget year for the City of Mesquite, Wednesday night's city council meeting introduced a project that officials believe will be a major asset to the city and its economy.

REV Group Inc., formerly Allied Specialty Vehicles, a manufacturer of commercial and recreational vehicles, announced its plans to build a southwest repair and warranty center on 11.3 acres of newly purchased land that will correspond with Mesquite's soon to be completed Exit 118 Interchange. The repair center, which will be located off Exit 118, will be situated next to a truck stop and travel plaza and used to service REV's customers in the southwest — the company's leading market of motor home registration since 2009. REV also announced that RV campsites will be planned for the service center, as well.

City officials are hopeful that the service center will attract business to Mesquite by "pulling people off the highway for more than just fuel," said George Gault, president of Mesquite Regional Business.

The project will create an opening for roughly 50 skill intensive jobs, including mechanics, electricians and motor technicians in Mesquite. It will also provide a boost to the city in the form of property tax, sales tax and licensing.

The word "synergy" was used on more than one occasion by both sides when talking about the project. During a visit to Mesquite last November, Steve Heim, REV Vice President and General Manager of After Market Parts and Services, said that the willingness from the city was a huge factor in deciding on Mesquite for the company's next service center.

"We thought we were coming here to look at property and shake hands," Heim said. "In the three or four hours we spent here that day I drove away thinking 'wow we've never felt a more welcoming response from a community.'"

He added, "You feel like it's the place that wants you to be there."

Mayor Allan Litman said he thinks all of Mesquite looks forward to the project.

The REV project will be the first major boost to the city following the impending completion of the Exit 118.

"Exit 118 offers us huge opportunity because it opens the south end of the business park," Gault said.

Currently, the roundabouts located off exits 120 and 122 make navigation difficult for larger vehicles.

"Without a direct runoff, they would have passed on Mesquite," said Lisa Hauger, VP of Sun Commercial Real Estate in Las Vegas, which is the real estate company REV hired.

She said that it was a "make or break" factor in the decision.

The vetting process was thorough. Given the proximity to a major highway, the "destination appeal" being situated just outside of Las Vegas as well as several state and national parks, and the location in the middle of the southwestern part of the United States, Heim said the decision was made to narrow down the potential areas of purchase to southern Nevada.

The purchase in Mesquite was one of nearly 60 properties that the company looked at. The two biggest concerns standing in the way with the Mesquite property were accessibility and workforce development. The completion of Exit 118 solves the former issue, and the College of Southern Nevada offered to help with the latter by offering to assist in training the needed workforce.

REV, a $1.7 billion company with 14 manufacturing locations across the United States, closed on the property in January. Construction of the planned facility is slated to begin in September or October, with completion scheduled for early summer in 2017 and operations beginning around August 2017, depending on the timetable.

Initially, REV planned to construct a 40,000-square-foot facility with 20 bays with the intention of expanding upon the facility, ultimately becoming an 80,000-square-foot, 40-bay facility. However, given that the southwest is REV's leading region for motor home registration, Heim said the company is giving "serious consideration" to scrapping the 40,000-square-foot plan and jumping right into an 80,000-square-foot facility.

The need for building the larger facility right away rather than waiting might be necessary. REV projects similar numbers — 1,500 to 2,500 service appointments annually — to what is currently their largest service center in the country, an 80,000-square-foot facility in Decatur, Indiana. The company plans to employ 50 people for a 40,000-square-foot facility and between 70-80 people for an 80,000-square-foot facility.