The item on the Commission’s consent agenda was given the nod without discussion and the board approved site entitlements for the 87.8 acres located on the north Strip. The plans for development include more than 7,000 hotel rooms, villas and suites along with an arena/conference area and four high-rise hotels, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Phase one of the project will include a hotel tower with 3,307 rooms and suites, a public space in excess of 657,000 square feet including convention facilities and a movie theater, which Malaysia-based Genting Berhad plans on moving forward with. Gerald Gardner, Resorts World Las Vegas General Counsel, called the commission’s approval “a significant step in the project,” and said, “The entitlement allows us to use the land as intended.” The project has been gathering dust since August 2008 when Boyd Gaming Corp. halted the Echelon development. Once home to the Stardust, Genting purchased the site for $350 million in 2013.
A full-scale construction project is slated to begin this summer and in anticipation parking garages are being completed by construction workers. The search for a construction manager to oversee the project will begin by Genting in a few months. Plans are being completed by designers for Resorts World Las Vegas, which according to documents filed with the county, will incorporate a Chinese themed architectural design with a nod to a “modern interpretations of Chinese details,” as well as the “Forbidden City.”