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24 Thursday, June 26, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Pahrump construction portrays town's growth by Andy Holtmann Construction in the Pahrump Valley is booming. The enormous amount of growth that the town has expefi- enceM over the last few years has sparked business inter- ests that would not have considered Pahrump a market in the pas t , Mat of the curnt construction involves office space and commercial centers, The new buildings could mean new job opportunities for local residents. Valley Electric Association will soon have new office space adjacent to their current offices on Highway 372. Keller Construction out of Las Vegas is handling the operation that will add what looks to be twice the office space of the current building. Both Keller and Valley Electric officials were unavailable for comment as of press time. Another new development on Highway 372 involves coercial retail space. Gene Mayea, a general contrac- tor for the project said that the building will have just under 5,000 square feet of space available when com- pleted. "ere seems to be a lot of construction going on," Mayea said. "I think it is a strong indication that Pahrump is growing?' Mayea came from a small town in Oregon. He explains that he ce to Pahrump to escape the increasing trend mwa e "rat race," He wants to see development in Pahrump but fears that too much could take away Pahrump's small town appeal. "Pahrump is a nice sleepy little town,, he said. "At this rate though, I don't see it staying that way for long." Along with Highway 372, Calvada Boulevard is an- other stretch of road that is seeing a lot of development. A business/professional center is being constructed near the library just west of Highway 160. According to the building's owner Forest Cahlan, over half of the 13,000 square feet of space has already been rented, but there is still space available. Cahlan said that there will be two lawyers, a doctor, a dentist, a chiropractor, an insurance company, and a mortgage company housed within the facility. Cahlan i s a lawyer himself and an 11 year resident of the area. He says the growth of Pahrump is Something that should be realized. "Pahrump is experiencing tremendous growth," he said. "More and more business will come here once they see what is occurring here, Take Taco Bell for instance, they hadn't even considered Pahrump a market until people called them up and asked why they were not represented here. They saw the growth and decided that they should be here." Further down the road on Calvada is yet another project. This one is an add-on to an existing building. The Focus 2000 Financial Group will have two neighbors once Red Rock Builders complete the add-on project. A beauty salon and a paralegal service are slated to occupy the new addition to Focus 2,000's building on the corner of Calvada and Pahrump Valley Boulevard. Wulfenstein Construction has joined the development game as well with their 7,000 square foot project on Basin Road by the sheriff's office. Owner Ray Wulfenstein said that the building will be used as office space and that there is consideration of moving their own offices to the new facility when completed. "It is about 90% com- pleted," Wulfenstein said.  ...... "We still have to put in lights and add parking space etc., but we are in no ex- treme rush to get it com- pleted." Even with all of the large scale construction, there is still room for small im- provements. Jo's Pizza, on Frontage Road recently completed their own construction. A sort of renovation project was done on their outdoor patio to improve the look of the restaurant "We put up solar screens and added more tables," said Jo Poe, owner of the eatery. "We had a band come and play last weekend. It was really nice. We have future plans to install a mist system as well to keep our patrons cool in the warmer seasons." All of the construction around town has visually por- trayed the fact that Pahrump is growing. "This is what I thought would happen," Wulfenstein said. "I just thought it was going to happen 15 years ago." For more information on any of these projects call the numbers listed below. Forest Cahlan- 727-5882 Valley Electric (Dave Rios)- 1-702-382-1214 Keller Construction- 1-702-895-8940 Red Rock Builders- 727-5923 Gene Mayea (Highway 372 Plaza)- 727-8464 Wulfenstein Construction- 727-6383 1 11 am4pm llll Saddle West Sam Says We have the Best Food Prices, Quality and Selection in Pahrump