The Vegas Skyline is a-Changin’

Posted by on May 4th, 2009 and filed under Featured, Hotels. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

It’s no secret that certain construction projects on the Las Vegas Strip have come to a screeching halt as a result of the shaky economy.

Fortunately for the Vegas economy, the 18 million-sqare-foot CityCenter is still on track for a late 2009 opening. According to recent news reports, the project is fully financed and MGM Mirage’s 50-50 partner Dubai World is dropping its lawsuit against MGM.

Located between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts, CityCenter has risen from the ashes of the rundown Boardwalk hotel and its faux-Ferris wheel facade (imploded in 2006). It will feature the 4,004-room gaming resort ARIA as well as non-gaming resorts Vdara Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, The Harmon (slated to open in 2010) and the strictly residential Veer Towers. The urban development includes Crystals, a 500,00-square-foot retail and entertainment district, and a $40 million public fine art program. 

While CityCenter covers an expansive 67-acre footprint, the project is one of the world’s largest sustainable developments with an eye toward reducing its carbon footprint. Additionally, CityCenter is expected to bring 12,000 jobs to the valley.

Aleza Freeman

Yes, I’m from Las Vegas. But I’d like to clarify a few things: I don’t live in a hotel and I’m not a showgirl. I put my pasties on one nipple at a time, just like everyone else. I’m a regular girl who plunges off the side of ridiculously tall Las Vegas landmarks and writes about it for a living. I also ride roller coasters, hang at the spa, shoot holes in zombies and take art lessons from bottlenose dolphins. You know, normal stuff. My career as a journalist and copywriter has led me out of Vegas and around the world, but the 24/7 normality of Las Vegas sucks me back in every time. Am I oblivious to the plethora of slot machines everywhere I go? Sure. But that’s because I’m distracted by all the pretty lights. Follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

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