A Closer Look At Resorts World Las Vegas
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Remember when we thought the abandoned Echelon site would be an eyesore until the end of time, or something like that? Today, Vegas received another great indicator that the north Strip is slowly, and finally, gearing up towards a comeback with the announcement that Echelon will (eventually) become Resorts World Las Vegas.
Boyd Gaming has sold the site to Genting, a Malaysian gambling company that owns the Resorts World brand, for $350 million. It plans to turned the failed project into Resorts World Las Vegas, a $2 billion dollar venture. Construction is expected to start up next year with a reported opening timeline of 2016. The new resort would feature 3,500 hotel rooms, 175,000 square feet of gaming "across several.. floors," convention space, dining and retail outlets, too.
Detailed renderings of what the finished resort would look like, can be found below.
The barely begun Echelon project sits on the site of the iconic, but now long gone Stardust hotel. It was to have been a CityCenter-ish type project that never saw its expected 2010 debut. Construction was halted in 2008 and never began anew.
3.4 Update, 9:07 p.m. PST: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Resorts World "also wants to bring a live panda habitat, a replica of the Great Wall of China, a 7.5-acre indoor water amusement park, tea gardens, outdoor red pagodas, theaters and other family-friendly attractions" to Las Vegas as well.