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New Silverton Tower Definitely Maybe Back To Being Timeshares

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
July 27, 2015 at 4:59 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad as we are still publishing through Friday.

Ongoing construction at Silverton Hotel Casino, near the Blue Diamond Road exit of Interstate 15, is now clearly visible to people arriving into Las Vegas from California. As the new edifice tops off with eye-catching signage, the tower itself adds more reasons for head-scratching. Apparently the back-and-forth purpose of the 20-story addition has reverted to “timeshares”.

And once again we're left wondering..."Why?".

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Construction Continues on Lucky Dragon While We Check in on Another Arena

July 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

It's been just six weeks since we last checked in on Lucky Dragon, the 201-room Asian-themed hotel and casino rising in between the Allure condo tower on Sahara (just off Las Vegas Boulevard) and the Golden Steer steakhouse.

Our resident photographer, Greg C. reports that the building is up to the 4th floor now on the main structure. We're still a ways away from the expected 2016 opening date but as long as construction keeps progressing, we'll be satisfied.

Meanwhile, Greg also snapped some photos of the former Wet n' Wild waterpark, just south of SLS, where he reports "a bit of activity. A few pieces of heavy equipment are on site and they seem to be clearing the lot of old concrete and asphalt."

But whatever could this be? Well, last year, the site got approval to build a 22,000-seat arena and a hotel, a project spearheaded by former UNLV and NBA basketball player, Jackie Robinson. However, by March of this year, the development had run into several issues before construction was to begin.

It's still listed as opening in 2017 on the Cuningham Group website but no word on where the project really stands, especially now that the Las Vegas Arena is gearing up to open in early 2016. Got any ideas? Let us know in comments below!

[Photos: Greg C/VegasChatter]

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'New Dreams Are Under Construction' at The Mirage

July 14, 2015 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

If you’ve been to The Mirage this year, you've probably noticed construction happening somewhere on the casino floor. If you've been to The Mirage multiple times this year, then you've probably noticed that construction keeps happening in different spots.

The first major renovation was downsizing the poker room. The new poker room only offers 12 tables as opposed to the 19 tables. The casino cage (aka cashier) was also moved to occupy some of the space from the old poker room. The area where the cage once stood is currently under construction. (FWIW, despite the smaller size, the poker room at The Mirage was buzzing last night.)

The old high limits slot area is closed and table games have been moved to where the baccarat room used to be. Baccarat players will have to slide over and play in the high limits tables room. The other major change you’ll notice on the casino floor, besides tables being packed tight near the construction, is that the craps tables have moved outside of the old poker room area and next to the The Beatles Love Theater.

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What the Hard Rock Looks Like Now Without The Center Bar

July 13, 2015 at 1:14 PM | by | ()

The Hard Rock's Center Bar closed down on June 28 and thanks to VegasChatter reader @PaperPoster we have a glimpse of what the space looks like now. And nope, it's not exciting at all.

That's the Center Bar area all boarded up as it undergoes a transformation into a new watering hole with a new name. We've not yet heard what that name will be but let's hope the space can recapture the magic of the old Center Bar. The bar is set to open sometime in September.

Meanwhile, we've heard whispers that the former space of Body English, which also closed recently at the Hard Rock, may get refilled by a club from an outside nightlife group like Hakkasan. We'll have to wait and see who that nightlife company may be.

[Photo: @PaperPoster]

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Here's a Look at The Park in between New York, New York and Monte Carlo

June 26, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

In reading through your suggestions for Future Vegas, which we posted earlier this week, we noticed how many of you were asking for a real deal, honest to goodness, park on The Strip.

We reminded you that there is a park area, called The Park, being built in front of the new Las Vegas Arena in between New York, New York and Monte Carlo. Of course, this isn't going to be a replica of Central or Hyde Parks but rather another retail and entertainment venue. Still, the renderings are promising grassy areas and trees (a few of which you can see already), so we'll consider that a park for now.

Lo and behold, we have a few snapshots of the park's construction progress from our photographer, Greg C. Note the cool metallic butterfly structures that have been put up. We likey. The Arena will open sometime next year. You can see that progress here.

[Photos: Greg C.]

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Project Neon Set To Wreak Havoc on Vegas Traffic in Early 2016

June 24, 2015 at 3:33 PM | by | ()

Construction that involves the improving the infrastructure of Las Vegas isn’t something that we’d normally mention but Project Neon isn't a normal infrastructure project. It's going to take years to build while causing lots of headaches for everyone traveling in and around town. The first phases of Project Neon will begin early next year and are expected to take about four to five years to complete. The complete, er, completion of this project may take as long as 20 years.

Project Neon is a construction project that’s so large and incredibly intricate that it has its own website featuring details, news and updates. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect from Project Neon:

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Resorts World Las Vegas Now Posting Construction Pics to Facebook

June 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Yesterday, we went sad panda about the scaled back plans for Phase One of Resorts World Las Vegas complex but perhaps to keep us still interested, the casino is posting construction pics on its Facebook page.

In reading the comments on the two photos they shared yesterday, it looks like Resorts World is finishing off a parking garage so construction employees will have space to park during the building. Definitely nothing to get excited about, but we hope they keep it up. The posting of construction pics, we mean.

It will still be about three more years before the resort's first phase opens. When that phase opens, about 3,000 hotel rooms and 3,500 table games and slot machines will be ready for guests to use. But no pandas.

[Photos: Resorts World Las Vegas/Facebook]

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Lucky Dragon Not Yet Breathing Fire, But It is Rising

June 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM | by | ()

It's time for our monthly check-in with the Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino, currently rising in between the Allure condo tower on Sahara (just off Las Vegas Boulevard) and the Golden Steer steakhouse.

Last month, VegasChatter member UTE sent us some construction snapshots saying that, "Excavation for footings and the first cement pouring has already occurred on the site's West side (next to the Golden Steer)." That was some hopeful news for Lucky Dragon fans, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 201-room Asian-themed hotel and its 19,000-sq.ft. casino. And remember, if all goes well, this Asian-themed hotel will open before Resorts Worlds' Chinese-themed complex.

Now today, we have a few more construction snapshots taken recently by VegasChatter's resident lensman, Greg Clarke from the SLS parking garage, as well as some new renderings of the property. Greg C. tells us that, "Work is progressing for sure. Support columns going up. A lot of activity for a Saturday." All good signs indeed.

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Resorts World Phase One Plans Make Us Sad Panda

June 8, 2015 at 2:28 PM | by | ()

When Resorts World Las Vegas was announced way back in 2013 there was plenty to be excited about. They would be picking up construction where Boyd Gaming left off with Echelon across the street from Wynn. Not only would the eyesore of unfinished construction be gone but there would be a big, beautiful and unique casino-resort in a few years.

Not so fast. The first Chinese-themed property for Las Vegas planned to begin construction within a year from that initial announcement. Timing was a little off with that projection as they didn’t break ground and begin construction until earlier this year. The groundbreaking brought a slew of new renderings which revealed a slightly different vision for Resorts World than the first batch of images. That happens all the time with construction and we still can expect the finished project to look a little different than the current renderings.

But we're most sad to hear the pandas won't be ready right away.

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Silverton Hotel Expansion Rises High

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
June 1, 2015 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

Late in 2013, VegasChatter reported on a proposed two-tower expansion at the off-Strip Silverton Hotel Casino. We were positively flummoxed that the dual 20-story towers would be timeshare units (we love timeshares almost as much as the hawkers who chase us around the casinos).

Well, we’ve heard little to nothing about this project in the intervening year and a half, so we decided to check out the construction site this past Memorial Day weekend. (Actually, we were there to enjoy a few late-morning cocktails at the inexpensive Seasons Buffet Bellini Brunch.) Sho ‘nuff, a tower has risen from the massive Silverton parking lot. And it appears to be well on course for a planned early-2016 unveiling.

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When One Door Closes, Resorts World Las Vegas Breaks Ground (And Has New Renderings, Too)

May 6, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | ()

Yesterday, we were so caught up with the hunt for the stolen Crazy Girls costumes and wigs as well as mourning the loss of The Riviera, we completely forgot about the ground-breaking for the Resorts World Las Vegas. But we've got the recap for you right here, along with a batch of new renderings.

After a few delays, Malaysia-based Genting Group finally held a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday for Resorts World, a $4 billion Asia-themed resort and casino on the site of the stalled Echelon property, which is also the site of the former Stardust casino.

The ceremony was attended by Governor Brian Sandoval as well as several execs from Genting Group and Clark County officials.

Steve Wynn was there too but he really did not like the Chinese thunder drummers. Come on, Steve, cheer up! Resorts World Las Vegas will mean the end of depressing views from your hotel rooms.

Resorts World will be a completely over-the-top project. Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that when completed it will look like a Chinese village with 6,500 rooms (spread out over four room towers), a 175,000-square-foot casino, a 4,000-seat theater, an aquarium, a panda exhibit, an indoor water park and a replica of the Great Wall of China. You can peep this video to get a better idea of it all:

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New Arena Will Be Coke Venue, Toshiba To Get Its Plaza

April 7, 2015 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

The new arena as of today.

Execs aren't saying how much money crossed hands to make it so, but the new arena under construction behind New York-New York will be all about Coca-Cola and Toshiba.

It was announced today that both brands will be founding partners of the arena. Coca-Cola will keep visitors in perfect harmony, exclusively. It will also host at least four fan events a year. Meanwhile, Toshiba's name will grace the arena's adjacent two-acre plaza.

Toshiba Plaza (what did you expect?) will offer 75,000 square feet of entertainment space that will be programmed even on non-event days. Expect to find just about anything anyone can think of there, including "community events, concerts and music festivals, awards show pre-functions, fan festivals, fashion shows, charity events, holiday celebrations, convention-related activities and food and wine festivals among others." All the digital displays and screens, both inside the arena and out, will be Toshiba products as well.

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