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Wynn Ups Encore to 2,770 Rooms

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 27th June 2005 6:08pm
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teve Wynn’s ambitious plans for the proposed $1.4 billion Encore hotel on the Las Vegas Strip have grown by more than 1,000 hotel rooms, while owners of the Nevada Palace casino on the Boulder Strip want to demolish and replace it with a new gaming and entertainment complex. Wynn, the Wynn Resorts Ltd. chief, is seeking to build the Encore resort next door to his company’s $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas resort that opened in April. He wants to increase guest rooms and suites at the Encore from the 1,757 he requested originally to 2,770, according to records released by Clark County last week. The architecture of Encore, featuring a 61-story tower, would be similar to Wynn Las Vegas, with tinted bronze glass and beige banding. Encore would have 50,000 square feet of casino area, showrooms and live entertainment, plus 100,000 square feet of shopping, indoor and outdoor dining and convention space.

Low-rise buildings, with metal roofing and domes, would connect the project to the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, according to the plans. The buildings, as much as 10 stories high, would house luxury suites surrounding a swimming pool with cabanas and a section for live performances. The main access for all of Encore’s patrons would be a valet parking area on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Wynn also wants to build the Encore tower about 30 feet closer to the Desert Inn Arterial expressway and about 100 feet closer to Las Vegas Boulevard than is permitted by county codes. He has also hopes to reduce the on-site parking spaces required by law by nearly 1,000 spaces, to 8,264.

The county planning staff, which recommended approval of Wynn’s plans, suggested that Wynn prepare air quality and traffic studies and provide space to construct a short fourth lane on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Wynn Resorts officials assigned all comments to company spokeswoman Denise Randazzo, who was traveling and could not be reached last week.



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