Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Maloof Stakes Claim to Land.

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Businessman Says Las Vegas Broke Father's Deal

Armed with a state Court of Appeals decision from 1999, a Las Vegas, N.M., businessman with a famous New Mexico name wants to get back the land his immigrant father gave to his adopted home town 65 years ago.

Edward Maloof, a native of Las Vegas and cousin to the late patriarch of the high-powered Maloof clan that owns the NBA's Sacramento Kings, said in a recent interview that restrictions placed on the land by his father, Najeeb Maloof, have been broken and the 71.5 acres belongs to him.

His father, who came to the United States from Lebanon, donated the land to Las Vegas in 1935 to become a park for children and a project for the city to put men to work during the Great Depression, Maloof said.

"Does that look like a play park to you?" Maloof said while motioning toward the Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park that is just south of Maloof's residence on the north side of Las Vegas. …

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