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Sahara To Destroy Vintage Hotel Tower, Begin Major Redevelopment Process

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 26th February 2008 5:17am
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The Clark County commissioners have approved a plan by Sahara's owners sbe entertainment to destroy one of the older hotel towers and construct another new one on their site. Instead of opting for a complete destruction and rebuild of the entire Sahara site, the redevelopment of the property appears to be multi-phase, long term affair.

The planned new tower will be 520 feet tall and consist of 1000 hotel rooms. The mid-rise hotel tower (200 rooms) will be destroyed, and all of the other hotel towers will be completely remodeled. When all is said and done, the Sahara will have about 2,500 hotel rooms. The new hotel tower will be built on part of the parking lot and extending pretty close to the Strip. The current parking lot on Paradise will be destroyed and rebuilt taller to accommodate the loss of the other garage. The new parking garage will probably be seven or so stories high.

The planning commission minutes also state that the podium of the new hotel tower will include 90k + square feet of casino space as well as a ton of retail, dining, entertainment, spa and more. This probably includes space reclaimed from the low-rise tower that will be demolished.

It looks like they are planning on re-doing the entire property, in rather large phases, jig sawing the whole thing together.

Possible Phase 1:
Remove / rebuild old parking garage on Paradise (will they bolt it onto part of existing large one, or is that whole thing a goner?)
Removing front 1/2 of larger parking garage (or the whole thing?)
Removing small hotel tower
Building new hotel podium/tower on the Wet N Wild side closer to the Strip
Building new ground level structures where old tower was (casino, restaurant, retail etc)

According to the project plan, the new tower will be glass and have some EFID stuff thrown in there as well. The glass curtain wall will also be wrapped on all of the existing ground level structures. Once this thing gets going we're going to see ultra sleek sahara glass buildings with three vintage Sahara brown adobe colored towers poking out of it, at least for uh... ten years?

Well... it's going to be interesting to see what happens to the old Sahara.



Comments & Discussion:

I wonder why more of the older casinos don't choose renovation over demolition - it seems like they could play up the old school 50s neon and rat pack nostalgia to set themselves apart from the newer fancier and far more luxurious strip megaliths. Renovate the Sahara game floor and towers, but don't implode them!

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