By Mick Akers
A controversy over a street named after stage and film legend Debbie Reynolds may have a Hollywood ending after all.
Developer Lorenzo Doumani had proposed renaming Debbie Reynolds Drive, which runs between Convention Center Drive and Desert Inn Road near the Las Vegas Convention Center, to Majestic Plaza Place.
But after a family and fan outcry arose, Doumani met with Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher to come up with a solution.
“I’ve been working with Todd Fisher and (Clark County) Commissioner Tick Segerblom and there will be no street name (change) of anything until we get a better street that’s more worthy of her, rather than a block that nobody has much access to,” Doumani said. “If something better isn’t found, then it will stay that way (as Debbie Reynolds Drive).”
The street, which is approximately 1,000 feet long, has been called Debbie Reynolds Drive since 1996, when the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel requested a change from Mel Avenue, according to Dan Kulin, Clark County spokesman.
Doumani, owner of Majestic Resorts, is planning to build an $850 million five-star hotel project dubbed Majestic Resort and Spa along the road where the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel once stood.
With the resort not slated to open until 2023, Doumani said there’s plenty of time to find a possible street to rename after Reynolds.
“She performed in the 1950s at the Tropicana, which is really where she was a mainstay, as well as the Desert Inn,” he said. “We’re basically trying to find something that would be more appropriate. It will either stay where it is or be somewhere far superior.”
Segerblom confirmed Doumani’s accounts regarding the name change.