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On The Vegas Strip, Resorts World Putting Its Best Locations Forward

May 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM | by | Comments (24)

Still a dormant construction site for now, Resorts World Las Vegas has managed to add a splash of color to the Vegas Strip.

Today, @iJonBuhay spotted the addition of colorful murals to the construction walls surrounding what will eventually become the $4 billion mega-resort you see above. (Renderings, at top and bottom, found by another VegasChatter fan, Tim K.) The murals reflect the brand's current locations around the world.

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Resorts World Moves Another Step Closer To Reality

May 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM | by | Comments (12)

Resorts World Las Vegas, the themed mega-resort planned for the north Strip, received the green light for a gaming license from the Nevada Gaming Control Board today. Genting, owners of the project, will now need to seek the same blessing from the Nevada Gaming Commission later this month.

On a recent trip by the long-stalled construction site, we spied a handful of construction workers on site. A report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal today confirms that "site development is already underway." VegasChatter photographer Greg C. pulled the photos you see below comparing the site today to what it looked like back in 2009. He reports that it's still virtually unchanged.

Echelon, 2009.

Resorts World, 2014.

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Resorts World To Commence Construction Within A Year

June 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

Resorts World has gone on record. Construction on its Las Vegas destination will commence within one year, or by June 19, 2014, specifically.

Property representatives went before local government officials yesterday regarding several points and, unsurprisingly, received approval for all of its requests. A thumbs up was given to its intention to add trees and various other landscaping along its Las Vegas Boulevard border; to drop plans to 'wrap' the long dormant Echelon husk it will replace away from view; and to build a 35-foot-tall wall that will announce the new mega-resort to come. And, not just any wall. This one will have a sound component (mandated to be no louder than 60 decibels, or the volume of a normal conversation) that will play music as well as help direct passersby to one of two preview centers that were also green-lighted.

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A Closer Look At Resorts World Las Vegas

Where: 3000 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (6)

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.

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2 Down, 1 To Go: Echelon To Become Resorts World

March 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (10)

First, sbe dusted off its plans to turn the Sahara into the SLS Las Vegas. Now, another abandoned hotel project is getting a second chance at completion.

Early this morning, newspaper headlines began to fill with news that Boyd Gaming had sold the hulking shell of Echelon and its surround acreage to Genting, a Malaysian gambling company, for $350 million bucks. Just when we were beginning to wonder what was going on with plans to "hide" it away from view.

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Echelon To Be Hidden From View By February

October 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM | by | Comments (5)

Once envisioned as a competitor to CityCenter, Echelon is now just a bit of sad Vegas trivia.

Sidelined by the economy back in 2008, the sprawling project was to have seen a 3,300-room hotel-casino, a shopping mall, and three supporting boutique hotels (sound familiar?), a Mondrian, a Shangri-La and a Delano (recently swooped up by Mandalay Bay). Instead, the site has sat dormant all these years.

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Should Anything Be Done About Stalled Vegas Resorts?

September 14, 2011 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (4)

Las Vegas is known as the ever-changing city. It’s a city that has historically (well, since The Mirage opened) destroyed its history to build the next newest and greatest property. This all came to a screeching halt in 2009 with the recession. No more new grandiose projects have been announced, a few were finished, and a lot were stalled. Now that Cosmopolitan and CityCenter have opened, major construction has more or less stopped with some projects halting mid-construction.

In 2007, Boyd Gaming stopped construction on Echelon very early into construction due to a worsening economy.  At this time, CityCenter, Cosmopolitan, and Fontainebleau were all in the midst of construction and the Plaza on the old Frontier land was supposed to start at any time. Fontainebleau was halted in June 2009 when the creditors stopped financing the project.

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