On Wednesday, Clark County commissioners approved Resorts World Las Vegas’ plans for a $4 billion hotel-casino project.
The item on the Commission’s consent agenda was given the nod without discussion and the board approved site entitlements for the 87.8 acres located on the north Strip. The plans for development include more than 7,000 hotel rooms, villas and suites along with an arena/conference area and four high-rise hotels, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Phase one of the project will include a hotel tower with 3,307 rooms and suites, a public space in excess of 657,000 square feet including convention facilities and a movie theater, which Malaysia-based Genting Berhad plans on moving forward with. Gerald Gardner, Resorts World Las Vegas General Counsel, called the commission’s approval “a significant step in the project,” and said, “The entitlement allows us to use the land as intended.” The project has been gathering dust since August 2008 when Boyd Gaming Corp. halted the Echelon development. Once home to the Stardust, Genting purchased the site for $350 million in 2013.
A full-scale construction project is slated to begin this summer and in anticipation parking garages are being completed by construction workers. The search for a construction manager to oversee the project will begin by Genting in a few months. Plans are being completed by designers for Resorts World Las Vegas, which according to documents filed with the county, will incorporate a Chinese themed architectural design with a nod to a “modern interpretations of Chinese details,” as well as the “Forbidden City.”
A ceremonial groundbreaking was hosted by Genting last May, which featured traditional thunder drummers and dignitaries including, Governor Brian Sandoval, casino executives, government leaders, an international press contingent as well as representatives from Genting. To be developed in phases, according to Genting, access to Resorts World Las Vegas will be available from the Strip, Resorts World Drive, and Sammy Davis Jr. Drive in Las Vegas. Part of a Chinese garden, a 29,350-square-foot lake, as well as other water features, will be built in phase one, while the arena will be constructed during a later phase, according to documents filed with the county. A mid-2018 opening and the addition of 13,000 permanent jobs and approximately 30,000 construction jobs for the city were anticipated by Genting officials at last year’s groundbreaking.
A multinational company that owns a gambling venue in New York City as well as properties on several continents, Genting also owns a 30-acre parcel near Biscayne Bay in Miami that it is planning to develop into a hotel-casino (where the Miami Herald building was located), and and Malaysia’s only casino resort, Resorts World Genting.