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October 13, 2006
Was Patrick Lane Development In Rory Reid's District?

Earlier this morning I wrote about Rory Reid, Harry Reid's son, and his position on the Clark County Board of Commissioners around the same time that his father's Patrick Lane LLC benefited from a zoning change that allowed commercial/retail development of their parcels. It turns out that the district Rory represents includes Patrick Lane, and the Las Vegas Review Journal noted that in an October 2004 article on the development of a new Wal-Mart. This comes from Lexis-Nexis and has no link, but the article is dated October 5, 2004 (note: CQ reader Dennis S provides this link):

A controversial Wal-Mart Supercenter probably will be built on public land next to McCarran International Airport, but one county representative hopes he will score points with residents if a new soccer complex is included in the project.

County Commissioner Rory Reid, who oversees the older neighborhood, sent developer Marnell Corrao Associates away in June and said its plan for 160 acres of leased airport land would not be approved without input from residents.

Although some homeowners are firmly against a Wal-Mart on a 20-acre portion of a parcel at Russell Road and Eastern Avenue, Reid said he would entertain an opportunity for a developer to build soccer fields in an otherwise heavily developed neighborhood. ...

Under Marnell Corrao's revised plan, to be unveiled Wednesday, Wal-Mart will move from the southwest corner of Russell and Eastern. A 42-foot-high, 203,000-square-foot Wal-Mart would be built on the north side of Patrick Lane west of Eastern Avenue.

This may not be the same parcel that Patrick Lane LLC owned; it sounds as though the airport owned this parcel, at least in June 2004. However, it shows that Patrick Lane falls into Rory's district, which seems to tie him closer to his father's deal on the rezoned parcel, and I wonder whether Rory disclosed that when it came to the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Nothing in my Lexis-Nexis search discusses any aspect of Reid's land deal or the zoning change that enabled it between January 2001 and December 2004.

UPDATE: No, the Patrick Lane LLC parcels were not in Rory Reid's district. I noted that on another thread, but this is the one I should have updated. That assertion was incorrect, and I apologize for it. That doesn't change the rest of this story and the rest of Harry Reid's connections to Nevada developers, most of which have been reported by the Los Angeles Times and other mainstream publications, and which deeply involve his sons and their lobbying for the federal intervention into Nevada real estate championed by their father.

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