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High N Dry - Wet N Wild Development Will Dwarf Stratosphere

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 6th December 2006 2:36am
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Everybody's been wondering for years whats gonna happen to the former Wet N Wild waterpark just south of Sahara on the Vegas Strip. Ok maybe not everybody, but some have, including us.

Developer Christopher Milam is planning a 1,888-foot-tall hotel tower for the Wet N Wild site - dwarfing the 1,149 foot tall Stratosphere and casting a shadow over much of the northern end of the strip. If you build it they will come.... but will they build it. Odds: 10,000:1.

The Las Vegas Business Press recently conducted an interview with Milam about his plans for the converted water park. Here's an excerpt:

Texas-based developer Christopher Milam wants to build a 142-story obelisk as the centerpiece of a hotel-resort-casino project, according to plans presented to the Clark County Planning Commission late last month. "It makes sense in Las Vegas," Milam explained. "A 4,000-room hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is just fine whereas, in most non-gaming markets, a 400-room hotel would be plenty large."

The structure would be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest hotel tower in the world. The 1,149-foot-high Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, less than a mile north on Las Vegas Boulevard, is currently the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.



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