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Echelon Unplugged

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 29th September 2009 10:46pm
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Echelon Uberfail

Any of you have an attention span long enough to remember the Rebooting Echelon post from... uh... three weeks ago?

Someone over at one of the local Las Vegas news channels decided to do some investigative reporting on the Echelon subject and discovered that Boyd Gaming is about to send the cranes home.

Eyewitness News has learned that workers are prepping the cranes for removal and a complete site shutdown is underway. That shutdown could last for three more years.

And now the purple dusk of twilight time, steals across the meadows of my heart. High up in the sky the little stars climb, always reminding me that we're apart. You wander down the land and far away, leaving me a song that will not die.

Love is now the Stardust of yesterday. But that was long ago... now my consolation is in the stardust of a song. My stardust melody, the memory of love's refrain.

Thanks to Mac for the tip.



Comments & Discussion:

Great, and I had some wonderful visions of the north strip. But between this and FB, it looks like Encore will be the lone ranger up that way.

Since Boyd is not in bankruptcy and has excess cash, I'm wondering whether the city can use some ordinance to force them to cover up the site so its not such an eyesore. At least three more years of rusting structure is not good for anyone. Ideally, the city will make them landscape and maintain the strip frontage, and wrap or demolish the exposed steel structures. Not much can be done with the concrete structures. It looks like the parking garage and foundations are almost complete.

The city cannot do squat since the site is not within the city limits of Las Vegas, as the Echelon site is located in the unincorporated town of Winchester, which is governed by Clark County. The Winchester Town Advisory Board could address their concerns about it to the County Commission, which would be the ones to take any actions.

At some point, the portion of Echelon that has already built will have to be torn down and redone ( unless Boyd can get the same building inspectors that Harrahs got for their renovations), because what is currently exposed to the elements was not made for such exposure and will be ruined over time, if not already.

And to think, they moved that McDonalds for nothing.

In the meantime is there any truth to the rumor that the old Frontier property is going to be leased out short term to a company that will offer dune buggy rides in the desert sand that now occupies that area of the Strip?

And to think - they gave up Barbary Coast for this! In hindsight, three years of center strip revenue seems somehow better than being overshadowed by a brand new state-of-the-art McDonalds.

Pretty amazing the actual scale of this failure... as others have mentioned: tearing down stardust, moving the mcdonlads, and of course what has been built already... what a collosal waste of money and manpower. Unbelievable really. They've managed to keep it pretty quiet, but the scale of this screw up seems fairly unprecendented. Yea FB too, but that wasn't quite as a ambitious and at least it is mostly built, surely at a loss for the foreseeable future though.

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