North Strip Megaresort?

It’s coming. Really! This time we aren’t kidding around. There is visible construction happening along the Strip where once the venerable Stardust stood. Resorts World looks like it is going to happen. Just as the economic downturn in 2008 short circuited the Fountainbleu, it also torpedoed Boyd Gaming’s Echelon Place development. The skeleton of a few buildings remained as a reminder that even Las Vegas loses a wager now and then. Now, after several half starts over the past few years, the massive Resorts World complex is rising. When completed, there will be over 6500 rooms, a 175,000 square foot casino, an aquarium, ice skating rink and panda exhibit. Pandas? Yes, the resort will have an Asian theme throughout and (apparently) pandas. Again, the completion date is sometime in 2020, which looks like a big year for grand openings. This project has the potential to transform an area which has been struggling for years. Let’s hope it is worth the wait!

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