On Both Sides Of Flamingo, Future Vegas Under Construction
The Vegas of tomorrow is changing rapidly with construction projects not just limited to the interiors of resorts, anymore. It won't be long before the Vegas of today will only be found in archival searches of Vegas past. Future Vegas isn't here quite yet, but its construction is.
One of the more dramatic changes will be found at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo where, on one side, Bill's (for lack of a better moniker) still sits gutted this week as construction workers transform the aging property into a swank, new boutique while, across the way, workers have begun to remove the Strip-side frontage of Bally's to make way for a sprawling outdoor
VegasChatter's @sammasseur captured these images on Monday of two properties in transition. At Bally's, workers have started to dig up large sections of sidewalk and plantings, too. Pedestrian access has been blocked to the resort's (non) moving sidewalks both on The Strip as well as inside the hotel. You'll find a bit of quiet Vegas has been lost with foot traffic blocked from entering parts of the landscaped area out front. Sam tells us that guests trying to get to the Strip from Bally's must walk out the valet entrance and take the stairs towards the sidewalk on Flamingo or walk through the south side of the gardens (at least until that's closed, too, anyways).
On the other side of Flamingo, Bill's remains a beehive of activity despite bidding its branded partner, Gansevoort, goodbye in October. The property's gutted shell now features a towering steel super-structure atop its roof where we'll eventually find Drai's Beach Club. The structure also travels along its northern flank. At the rear of the property, a huge oval bump-out has also taken shape. Underneath is where we'll find a new porte cochere. A rendering of what it will look like can be viewed here.
There's still no official word on what the property's new name will be, nor when it will debut.
For now, @sammasseur notes that pedestrians should beware while walking down most of The Strip. Not only are improvement projects hampering foot traffic from The Quad down to Paris (where they're expanding Sugar Factory's outdoor dining), construction also runs from Monte Carlo to Tropicana (where a multi-million dollar district will soon begin to come online). And, that's Tropicana the street and not the hotel. But, in a few months, you'll likely be adding them to this list as well as they launch a new project of their own. And, let's not forget about what's happening over at Casino Royale. And, then there's SLS, Resorts World, and we haven't even mentioned what's happening downtown, too!