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mac78130
Apr 16, 2009, 9:23 PM
Carl Icahn and Oaktree Capital pushing for MGM Mirage Bankruptcy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/innovationNews/idUSTRE53F6VE20090416

Krases
Apr 17, 2009, 12:37 AM
Carl Icahn and Oaktree Capital pushing for MGM Mirage Bankruptcy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/innovationNews/idUSTRE53F6VE20090416

I really want to know there motivations. MGM has gone through a lot and now there getting pushed from the inside to go into bankruptcy? Seems like a bad idea.

mdiederi
Apr 17, 2009, 1:55 AM
I really want to know there motivations.
They're bond holders, so they would get paid sooner in bankruptcy.

Krases
Apr 17, 2009, 3:00 AM
They're bond holders, so they would get paid sooner in bankruptcy.

How quaint.

I hope MGM gives them the finger.

justdefended
Apr 17, 2009, 3:21 AM
How quaint.

I hope MGM gives them the finger.

I second that. MGM has much more to gain by finishing CityCenter, selling some assets to pay off this year's bond debt, and most importantly, keeping on good terms with lending partners they've been doing business with for 10+ years.

The banks didn't have to give MGM two waivers to make payments. To toss out those key partners, file for bankruptcy and disrupt the entire Vegas economy would be disastrous. Icahn and Oaktree look like typical greedy SOBs from the old economy.

Krases
Apr 17, 2009, 3:59 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123991207123426359.html

It goes like this. If MGM can make its bond payments, around 1.1 billion dollars, then MGM will keep going like it is and avoid bankruptcy. They must do this with 227 million in payments in July and 821 million in October. Right now they have around 800 million. They aim to sell two properties in the future to gain extra cash and if they are successful in that mission then they can easily pay of the bond payments. If they can't make payments then they are in trouble and could go into bankruptcy because of Icahn's ability to force it.

The problem is this: how can they build CC and pay bonds at the same time? Hopefully they can sell a property soon or force Dubai to start holding up its end again.

worldpool
Apr 17, 2009, 6:50 PM
mgm pays the money again see http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090417-710240.html

mac78130
Apr 17, 2009, 7:19 PM
There's a crawler crane on the median near the pedestrian bridge columns. Maybe the bridge will start to be assembled soon?

mac78130
Apr 17, 2009, 7:27 PM
flickr photo by Las Vegas Lover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-martinez/3450830030/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3450830030_4ff1b145ff_b.jpg

Las Vegas Lover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-martinez/3450013439/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3653/3450013439_156e226fa8_b.jpg

Las Vegas Lover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-martinez/3450831492/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3384/3450831492_6c090d106f_b.jpg

mac78130
Apr 17, 2009, 9:28 PM
MGM Mirage and Dubai reach deal, just waiting for lender's approval.

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINN1735423120090417?rpc=44

More from LVRJ

http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/43183912.html

justdefended
Apr 17, 2009, 9:39 PM
MGM Mirage and Dubai reach deal, just waiting for lender's approval.

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINN1735423120090417?rpc=44

Good to hear they finally kissed and made up. I think if they are able to tap into the $1.8B early CityCenter will be safe. The building of the project and all the backstage squabling would make an awesome book.

CHAPINM1
Apr 18, 2009, 4:47 AM
Who said that the Planet Hollywood Tower was 535 feet? I think it looks closer to 600 feet. Also, did anybody else know that there is a penthouse pool on the 46th floor?

BTW, awesome finds of Fontaintebleau as always! Not only does it dominate, but it's glass is spactacular! Awesome effect with Sky's reflection and the sun as well!

Kirre
Apr 18, 2009, 12:54 PM
That pool will only exist when/if the second tower is built. It will be on the top of the part that connects the two towers.

mac78130
Apr 18, 2009, 4:08 PM
CityCenter/Cosmopolitan pedestrian bridge is getting started. Will open in December.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/16/citycenter-pedestrian-bridge-construction-restrict/

gmcclenon
Apr 18, 2009, 4:10 PM
Wow, great shots of FB, MAC. Thanks so much for posting them. From that back shot, it looks like they are starting to take down the second crane.

Krases
Apr 18, 2009, 5:24 PM
CityCenter/Cosmopolitan pedestrian bridge is getting started. Will open in December.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/16/citycenter-pedestrian-bridge-construction-restrict/

I wonder how long that will take to build. Ten days maybe? Can't wait to see what it looks like.

sw5710
Apr 18, 2009, 10:52 PM
Who said that the Planet Hollywood Tower was 535 feet? I think it looks closer to 600 feet. Also, did anybody else know that there is a penthouse pool on the 46th floor?

BTW, awesome finds of Fontaintebleau as always! Not only does it dominate, but it's glass is spactacular! Awesome effect with Sky's reflection and the sun as well!

As for Planet Hollywood tower if it is 600 feet tall the same as CC and Cosmo when looked at from the airport area the Cosmo and CC stand out above it from that area. Could the ground at PH be lower in elivation? Also I cant wait to see how FB is lit at night.

RandalR
Apr 19, 2009, 12:08 AM
BTW, awesome finds of Fontaintebleau as always! Not only does it dominate, but it's glass is spactacular!

It will be a lot nicer when they wash it for the first time - it's not especially evident in these pictures, but there is a great deal of winter dust all over it, now.

Krases
Apr 19, 2009, 2:24 AM
It will be a lot nicer when they wash it for the first time - it's not especially evident in these pictures, but there is a great deal of winter dust all over it, now.

Plus there seem to be a few windows that need placing on the southward facing wall. I wonder if they really will have some sort of LED system in place.

I am beginning to wonder about city hall. The culinary union might force it onto the ballot for people to vote upon if there appeal to the supreme court is successful.

Why the hell are they so crazy about stopping the new city hall from being built?

mdiederi
Apr 19, 2009, 4:50 AM
I wonder how long that will take to build. Ten days maybe?
Three or four days.

mac78130
Apr 19, 2009, 7:06 PM
A short youtube video done by Greg Clarke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltUE5QkY4dM

mac78130
Apr 19, 2009, 11:54 PM
Are they starting to put the metal facade on the Crystals? The metal "striping" looks similar to the rendering
http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/projects/show-all/mgm-mirage-citycenter/
http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/typo3temp/pics/07459c9f70.jpg

flickr photostream by Vanishing STL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/sets/72157617066493436/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3571/3456851147_c6793314c2_b.jpg

mac78130
Apr 20, 2009, 12:11 AM
Was more steel added to the top of the podium where the beach club is going to be? For the pedestrian bridge I'm guess the escalators will be inside the Cosmo, because I only see a stair case and framing for an elevator.

flickr photostream by Vanishing STL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/sets/72157617066493436/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3576/3456869457_379cca2f34_b.jpg

mac78130
Apr 20, 2009, 12:25 AM
Fontainbleau making it's presence known ;)

flickr photo by Steve & Maricel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_inga/3456101595/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3628/3456101595_3668dce5fb_b.jpg

justdefended
Apr 20, 2009, 12:52 AM
Are they starting to put the metal facade on the Crystals? The metal "striping" looks similar to the rendering
http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/projects/show-all/mgm-mirage-citycenter/
http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/typo3temp/pics/07459c9f70.jpg

flickr photostream by Vanishing STL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3571/3456851147_c6793314c2_b.jpg

Looks like you're right. Which means the current lines have nothing to do with the final pattern.

mdiederi
Apr 20, 2009, 1:29 AM
Great, cause I don't care for the white at all.

mac78130
Apr 20, 2009, 8:13 AM
Be sure to check out Vanishing STL's photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/sets/72157617066493436/). Great photos of CityCenter, Cosmopolitan and even photos of inside the CC sales pavillion (I'm guessing they are allowing photos now, don't see why not?)

flickr photostream by Vanishng STL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/sets/72157617066493436/)
Tram Station behind Monte Carlo
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3507/3457066025_77e6f8f91e_b.jpg

mac78130
Apr 20, 2009, 9:44 AM
The first span for the CC/Cosmo pedestrian bridge was put in place early this morning. Amazing how everything is coming together. Vdara's opening is just around the corner, a little over 5 months from now :)

Krases
Apr 20, 2009, 3:38 PM
Be sure to check out Vanishing STL's photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/sets/72157617066493436/). Great photos of CityCenter, Cosmopolitan and even photos of inside the CC sales pavillion (I'm guessing they are allowing photos now, don't see why not?)

flickr photostream by Vanishng STL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/sets/72157617066493436/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3507/3457066025_77e6f8f91e_b.jpg

That can't be the pedestrian bridge can it? It looks VERY big.

mac78130
Apr 20, 2009, 3:41 PM
That can't be the pedestrian bridge can it? It looks VERY big.

No, that's not the pedestrian bridge. That's the tram station that is being built behind Monte Carlo.... I think you got my post confused (two separate post).

Krases
Apr 21, 2009, 4:32 AM
Ah I see now. I wonder when we will see the people mover being tested for the first time? I wouldn't be surprised if it is one of the last things to open up.

mac78130
Apr 21, 2009, 5:41 AM
Art installation has already begun. Nancy Rubins "Big Pleasure Point" can be seen near the Vdara porte cochere.
flickr photo by PTaverna (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolotaverna/3461793262/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3573/3461793262_deb4607690_b.jpg

mac78130
Apr 21, 2009, 5:48 AM
CityCenter construction page has been updated. I won't post all the pics because there's enough pics on this page. So follow the link if you want to see the rest. http://www.citycenter.com/vision/vision_construction.aspx

A good view of Tram and the fire station.
http://www.citycenter.com/images/shared/construction/construction_4.jpg

justdefended
Apr 21, 2009, 6:27 AM
CityCenter construction page has been updated. I won't post all the pics because there's enough pics on this page. So follow the link if you want to see the rest. http://www.citycenter.com/vision/vision_construction.aspx

A good view of Tram and the fire station.
http://www.citycenter.com/images/shared/construction/construction_4.jpg

What great shots. It's amazing to see everything come together.

silverbow
Apr 21, 2009, 9:13 PM
Hilton suspends hotel brand planned for Las Vegas

Decision comes amid allegations of corporate espionage (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/21/hilton-abandons-hotel-brand-planned-las-vegas/)

rhassoii
Apr 21, 2009, 9:14 PM
^

scrapernerd
Apr 21, 2009, 9:28 PM
Hi, So I live in Salt Lake but I commute out to West Wendover to work on the ambulace out there. Well there are rumors all over that town of 2 ,12 story tower coming in around 2012 and I can not find anything about it. I was wonder if any of you have seen or heard anything? If not no problems and sorry for talking about wendover in a Las vegas thread

voice of reason
Apr 22, 2009, 3:32 AM
Hilton suspends hotel brand planned for Las Vegas

Decision comes amid allegations of corporate espionage (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/21/hilton-abandons-hotel-brand-planned-las-vegas/)

I never liked the sound of Denizen or 'Den'. Now those names will fade away and nobody will remember them in relation to the Cosmo.

One wouldn't think that Deutsche Bank would be too pleased by this turn of events. It will be costly and time consuming to undo what has been done.

It won't be easy to find and cut a suitable deal with a quality hotel operator, especially with every operator in the city in dire straits and the national economy extremely weak.

Things can't get any weirder. Can they?

RandalR
Apr 22, 2009, 3:32 AM
Hilton suspends hotel brand planned for Las Vegas


So they can just make the Cosmopolitan the new Las Vegas Hilton. The old one's licensing agreement runs out about the same time.

Krases
Apr 22, 2009, 4:59 AM
So they can just make the Cosmopolitan the new Las Vegas Hilton. The old one's licensing agreement runs out about the same time.

Really?

Now that IS interesting. I would have never thought of that.

mac78130
Apr 22, 2009, 5:33 PM
The possibility of Mirage being sold?

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04222009/business/kirks_mirage_may_disappear_165562.htm?dbk

Krases
Apr 24, 2009, 2:24 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124053251540150809.html

Drama over Fontainblue. It might now get completed because the bank withdrew a 800 million dollar loan. FB is suing the bank(s) because they say the banks violated the terms of financing and can't legally withdraw the loan.

Lets hope FB wins. FB is suing for 3 billion dollars. I can't imagine what they would be able to do with that sort of cash.

voice of reason
Apr 24, 2009, 3:15 AM
Lawsuits are always filed for 'pie in the sky' amounts that everyone involved knows is b.s.

Fighting this many large banks will be very costly for FB and could cost them valuable time and other construction costs if they cant fund the project to completion. The banks could easily stall and just wait out FB, they surely have time on their sides.

Krases
Apr 24, 2009, 4:01 AM
Lawsuits are always filed for 'pie in the sky' amounts that everyone involved knows is b.s.

Fighting this many large banks will be very costly for FB and could cost them valuable time and other construction costs if they cant fund the project to completion. The banks could easily stall and just wait out FB, they surely have time on their sides.

Yeah and FB would probably go bankrupt seeing as this is only there second or third property. What in the hell do the banks earn by doing this? The project is SO close to completion its horrible that the banks are doing this.

Even though I doubt they will get 3 billion, I still hope they win.

Can the banks really "wait-out" FB like that? It seems like they are the ones being sued, so its probably not there choice to just sit back and ignore the legal system.

voice of reason
Apr 24, 2009, 2:54 PM
I hope the reason for the pulling of funding comes to light soon, it will be revealing.

Lawsuits drag on for years even when you aren't trying to stall. The courts have full calendars and just the slowness of the system takes forever. There are lots of motions that are filed and have to be heard, each on requiring parties to prepare and get on the calendar of the court. With multiple defandants it is much more cumbersome. Then depositions etc. etc.
A case like this could drag multiple years easily, unless a settlement comes, which is usually the case.

RandalR
Apr 24, 2009, 3:55 PM
What in the hell do the banks earn by doing this? The project is SO close to completion its horrible that the banks are doing this.


Well, they obviously believe it can't be completed and run profitably as just a hotel, now that the proposed condo sales have shrunk to zero. They probably have a case that FB's execs drastically overstated the potential sales revenue when they took out the loans.

That, plus the rumored delay of FB's opening until April, 2010 is probably more than the banks can tolerate, and they just want to salvage what crumbs they can.

mac78130
Apr 24, 2009, 7:22 PM
Interesting article in the Las Vegas Sun about room supply.
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/24/capacity-crunch/
http://media.lasvegassun.com/media/img/photos/2009/04/22/scaled.0424_P_Aria-3_t652.jpg?1b9ad394c43bb038fa9e51a462e45d6568471167

voice of reason
Apr 25, 2009, 5:28 AM
Did FB even try to sell any condos? I never saw any prices advertised.
I dont remember them even opening the sales center, not that it would have been possible to sell many.

Krases
Apr 25, 2009, 5:31 AM
Did FB even try to sell any condos? I never saw any prices advertised.
I dont remember them even opening the sales center, not that it would have been possible to sell many.

I think they could have sold a COUPLE.

Man it would be kinda cool to have an entire floor to oneself at night.

RandalR
Apr 25, 2009, 2:29 PM
Did FB even try to sell any condos? I never saw any prices advertised.
I dont remember them even opening the sales center, not that it would have been possible to sell many.

It's open - they just haven't sold any. Banks won't lend on condotel properties now, essentially requiring an all-cash purchase.

Turnberry Towers' west tower has closed seven units, out of 318 available (many more were "sold", but the buyers backed out before closing.) I hear the lender is trying to convince those seven owners to accept replacement units in the east tower, so they can repurpose the entire building as apartments or even Class A office space.

Other tales I hear are that FB's multiple owners can't agree on what to do with the top two floors, and will not finish them out - and also that they aren't going to finish out the interior of the convention center due to limited demand.

CHAPINM1
Apr 26, 2009, 3:53 AM
It's open - they just haven't sold any. Banks won't lend on condotel properties now, essentially requiring an all-cash purchase.

Turnberry Towers' west tower has closed seven units, out of 318 available (many more were "sold", but the buyers backed out before closing.) I hear the lender is trying to convince those seven owners to accept replacement units in the east tower, so they can repurpose the entire building as apartments or even Class A office space.

Other tales I hear are that FB's multiple owners can't agree on what to do with the top two floors, and will not finish them out - and also that they aren't going to finish out the interior of the convention center due to limited demand.


Las Vegas NEEDS HIGHRISE APARTMENTS, that's one thing it is lacking. I have been trying to scope out highrise apartments in Las Vegas for when I move out there but I see there really are none, just a shitload of condos.

Also, I thought the top two floors will be a restaurant/bar/lounge.

mac78130
Apr 26, 2009, 5:00 PM
Youtube video of pedestrian bridge girder going up. Not a whole lot of excitement, but just interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uZR5uKTe90

gmcclenon
Apr 26, 2009, 8:19 PM
Las Vegas NEEDS HIGHRISE APARTMENTS, that's one thing it is lacking. I have been trying to scope out highrise apartments in Las Vegas for when I move out there but I see there really are none, just a shitload of condos.

Also, I thought the top two floors will be a restaurant/bar/lounge.

I think Sky Las Vegas would work. The developer as well as some owners are renting their condo units out. Sky could end up being one of the only residential high rises on the strip that gets completed?

voice of reason
Apr 27, 2009, 12:36 AM
It's open - they just haven't sold any. Banks won't lend on condotel properties now, essentially requiring an all-cash purchase.

Turnberry Towers' west tower has closed seven units, out of 318 available (many more were "sold", but the buyers backed out before closing.) I hear the lender is trying to convince those seven owners to accept replacement units in the east tower, so they can repurpose the entire building as apartments or even Class A office space.

Other tales I hear are that FB's multiple owners can't agree on what to do with the top two floors, and will not finish them out - and also that they aren't going to finish out the interior of the convention center due to limited demand.

I have to correct some misinformation here. FB never offered for sale or sold any condos of either the condo/hotel or residential condo type. They built the sales office but that is as far as it went.

mac78130
Apr 27, 2009, 4:24 AM
CityCenter's unresolved discrepancies

http://www.lvrj.com/news/43733857.html

mac78130
Apr 27, 2009, 11:20 PM
flickr photo by Dodgeme23 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30397273@N06/3480870445/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3367/3480870445_c61a54e913_b.jpg

VegasBound
Apr 28, 2009, 11:25 PM
I hear Fountainebleau is shutting down construction. Hopefully things will get worked out and back on track soon.

CHAPINM1
Apr 29, 2009, 12:00 AM
I hear Fountainebleau is shutting down construction. Hopefully things will get worked out and back on track soon.

Well thank fuck they've at least made it this far anyway!!! Speaking of which what the hell ever happened to the $2.8 billion in financing?

Krases
Apr 29, 2009, 12:51 AM
Well thank fuck they've at least made it this far anyway!!! Speaking of which what the hell ever happened to the $2.8 billion in financing?

The banks pulled the last 800 million at the last minute. Now they are being sued by FB.

FB still has a little over 100 mil to continue construction for a month or so. But after that, they can't continue.

voice of reason
Apr 29, 2009, 1:08 AM
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/28/bofa-talking-restructuring-with-fontainebleau/

CHAPINM1
Apr 29, 2009, 1:29 AM
Thanks for clearing that up everyone. Regarding the banks who are responsiblefor this, I really hope Fontainebleau will set a prime example of these pricks and that they will be begging for mercy by the time everything is all said and done... At least the project is topped out and that most of the exterior work is completed at this point.

mac78130
Apr 29, 2009, 9:25 AM
So the swine flu has made it to my town... Hopefully everything will turn out alright. Wish me luck ;)

F'bleau... hopefully this will get completed.
flickr photo by Ju's pic's 86 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/juspics86/3485491558/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3311/3485491558_58b6d48044_b.jpg

Nice... You can see the first girders for the pedestrian bridge. The other section was put in place this past Monday.
flickr photo by wsteinhauer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsteinhauer/3485447268/in/photostream/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3485447268_3778cff415_b.jpg

Closeup of Cosmopolitan's podium, where the "beach" is supposed to be.
flickr photo by wsteinhauer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsteinhauer/3485451070/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3307/3485451070_33b32cbeee_b.jpg

mac78130
Apr 29, 2009, 10:07 AM
"banks could cite ‘act of God’ as defense for refusing funds"

Article includes good pics
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/29/sued-fontainebleau-banks-could-cite-act-god-defens/

ScottG
Apr 29, 2009, 6:36 PM
interesting thing about the cosmo harmon pedestrian bridge - its about twice as high up as all the other bridges....

also on the news this morning - they mentioned that wynn might be in talks/ interested in buying back bellagio...and or even CIRCUS CIRCUS?!

i dont think that would be an addition to the wynn signature collection. Ha!

heyyoucharlie
Apr 29, 2009, 7:11 PM
and or even CIRCUS CIRCUS?!

i dont think that would be an addition to the wynn signature collection. Ha!

Cash cow... That's all the CC is. And a good one at that... ;)

CHAPINM1
Apr 29, 2009, 8:17 PM
mac78130, Fontainebleau WILL GET COMPLETED!!! It's just a matter of when. Hopefully construction will not be slowed too much. Thank God it is topped out!!!

Brian.
Apr 29, 2009, 9:09 PM
I’ll be flying to LV in the morning and be happily taking pictures for the next four days. We are staying at PH with a strip view. I hope to get a great vantage point for some citycenter shots for all of us. Viva Las Vegas BABY!

mdiederi
Apr 29, 2009, 9:10 PM
MGM MIRAGE, Dubai World and CityCenter's Lenders Reach Agreement for Completion of CityCenter
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=101502&p=IROL-NewsText&t=Regular&id=1282241&

Circus Circus is being put up for collateral, so that's not for sale anymore.

justdefended
Apr 30, 2009, 12:16 AM
MGM MIRAGE, Dubai World and CityCenter's Lenders Reach Agreement for Completion of CityCenter
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=101502&p=IROL-NewsText&t=Regular&id=1282241&

Circus Circus is being put up for collateral, so that's not for sale anymore.

Finally, the news that everyone wanted to hear. It's great to know that the Vegas economy will not have to sustain mass impact due to any closure of the project. 12,000 construction jobs continuing plus another 12,000 jobs upon opening wil be a strong start towards a turnaround for the city.

Now MGM, get back to work on saving the company itself :)

Top Of The Park
Apr 30, 2009, 2:08 AM
I can hardly wait till Fall to go there......its been 5 years and so much construction ago

djhannu
Apr 30, 2009, 2:13 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3313/3485082828_c314939e01_b.jpg

Shot of CityCenter.

JDRCRASH
Apr 30, 2009, 6:13 PM
Nice shots everyone. Good thing it's getting completed. It was my favorite Las Vegas development from this boom.

Krases
Apr 30, 2009, 8:28 PM
I am glad CityCenter is getting finished, but the news about Fontainblue really annoys me.

http://www.casinocitytimes.com/news/article.cfm?contentID=177996

Not sure if this is a great source, but is FB really only 70% done? Huh.

mac78130
Apr 30, 2009, 9:58 PM
flickr photo by Reigh Sierra (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reighsierra/3480432990/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/3480432990_a4f0b595ff_b.jpg

jazfingr
Apr 30, 2009, 10:16 PM
I am glad CityCenter is getting finished, but the news about Fontainblue really annoys me.

http://www.casinocitytimes.com/news/article.cfm?contentID=177996

Not sure if this is a great source, but is FB really only 70% done? Huh.

They are nor referring to the height of the tower, the remaining 30% is interior and podium work.

mac78130
Apr 30, 2009, 11:55 PM
Contractors layoff workers at Fontainebleau

http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/44062552.html

mac78130
May 1, 2009, 12:15 AM
Opening 2010.. well at least they updated the photo (a very recent pic. notice the pedestrian bridge.)
www.cosmolv.com
http://www.cosmolv.com/images/splash.jpg

mac78130
May 1, 2009, 3:38 AM
The Crystals metal facade is starting to look nice, will look even better as it progresses.
flickr photo by loudguitars (http://www.flickr.com/photos/loudguitars/3490405940/in/set-72157617443892447/) (better in original view)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3490405940_7fc0d7e3fa_b.jpg

justdefended
May 1, 2009, 5:32 AM
The Crystals metal facade is starting to look nice, will look even better as it progresses.
flickr photo by loudguitars (http://www.flickr.com/photos/loudguitars/3490405940/in/set-72157617443892447/) (better in original view)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3490405940_7fc0d7e3fa_b.jpg

Wow, that brushed metal color will look very cool across all the buildings. I'm betting it's not fun to attach it one slice at a time.

mac78130
May 1, 2009, 4:47 PM
From Vdara website
http://www.vdara.com/about/construction.aspx

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/1.jpg

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/2.jpg

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/3.jpg

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/4.jpg

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/5.jpg

vwwolfe
May 1, 2009, 5:41 PM
Danny Gans died this morning at the age of 52.

Sad news indeed.

Krases
May 1, 2009, 6:50 PM
From Vdara website

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/3.jpg

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/4.jpg



What is that pool for?

I it just a regular pool or will it be some sort of water feature?

mac78130
May 1, 2009, 7:17 PM
What is that pool for?

I it just a regular pool or will it be some sort of water feature?

Just a regular pool for the Vdara residents and hotel guest.

http://www.vdara.com/images/meetings/pools_cabanas.jpg
http://www.vdara.com/meetings/pool-cabanas.aspx

ondarox
May 1, 2009, 7:26 PM
[QUOTE=mac78130;4227074]From Vdara website
http://www.vdara.com/about/construction.aspx

http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/1.jpg
QUOTE]

Interesting photo- which brings up a good question of what the space between Vdara and Bellagio will be used for... We shall find out very soon!

[in regards to the OT post on Danny Gans...]
That is a sad thing to hear about... Danny was a great performer. Is there a Mirage performer's curse going around?

mac78130
May 1, 2009, 7:35 PM
Vdara will be open in 5 months!! Wow, can't wait for this project to be complete..

justdefended
May 2, 2009, 12:13 AM
http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/1.jpg

Vdara looks fantastic, totally sophisticated and unconventional at the same time.

It looks like the pedestrian bridge will run directly underneath the tram station.

From the picture, not sure how people get to the tram station.

Looks like the options are to take an elevator (is there one?) between the Vdara pedestrian bridge and the station or go up or down three flights of stairs, unless there are escalators I can't see.

Snotick
May 2, 2009, 1:56 PM
The Crystals metal facade is starting to look nice, will look even better as it progresses.
flickr photo by loudguitars (http://www.flickr.com/photos/loudguitars/3490405940/in/set-72157617443892447/) (better in original view)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3490405940_7fc0d7e3fa_b.jpg

I hope they researched the angles of the crystals in relation to the sun. I could see these things shooting a blinding death ray of sunlight down the strip on unsuspecting drivers.

NYC2ATX
May 3, 2009, 6:24 AM
http://www.vdara.com/images/about/construction/0409/5.jpg

I love the look of that corridor....this should really be an amazing space when everything is finished.

Krases
May 3, 2009, 6:32 AM
I love the look of that corridor....this should really be an amazing space when everything is finished.

It really is amazing. The strip will finally get some depth to it.

Too bad Station Casino will probably never be able to go ahead with Viva. It would have been on a huge plot of land and the project could have rivaled City Center in size, but station simply does not have that kind of money. Not even in the ballpark.

The land is still a nice assemblage. It could always get sold as one giant chunk.

Does anyone know if Harmon has a bridge over the railroad yet?

mac78130
May 3, 2009, 1:07 PM
More about the canoes at CityCenter

http://lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/03/citycenters-crown-jewel/
http://media.lasvegassun.com/media/img/photos/2009/04/23/scaled.001_RUBINS_t651.jpg?f88c8649bbadbb805ebb7b1c2020cc5b10765421

heyyoucharlie
May 3, 2009, 4:01 PM
Does anyone know if Harmon has a bridge over the railroad yet?

Not yet... Hopefully with some of the $80 something million the state just got for road construction/infrastructure they can finally get started.

justdefended
May 3, 2009, 4:50 PM
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/03/citycenters-art-collection-was-never-doubt-even-wh/

A nice overview of the entire art collection at CityCenter.


Typewriter Eraser, Scale X is in L.A. waiting to be transported to Nevada

The 36,000-pound Henry Moore sculpture will be in a landscaped area in July

Damascus Gate Variation I in the Vdara lobby will likely be installed last

Richard Long’s 80-foot-tall, 50-foot-wide mud drawings will be at Veer Towers

Maya Lin’s 133-foot interpretation of the Colorado River will be at Aria

And, a single yellow rose by German artist Isa Genzken will jut 24 feet from the ground near the porte cochere for the Harmon

Krases
May 3, 2009, 8:44 PM
Wow. I may just visit it for the art.

Its an interesting contrast between the colorful boats and the cold metal and concrete buildings.

mac78130
May 5, 2009, 6:44 PM
VegasRex spots the canoes.
http://www.vegasrex.com/2009/05/05/canoes-on-the-strip/
http://www.vegasrex.com/newsimages/cc-canoes1.jpg

mac78130
May 6, 2009, 12:16 AM
flickr photo by Luke Hay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayluke/3505290166/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3324/3505290166_033e074b73_b.jpg

Krases
May 6, 2009, 12:37 AM
Circus Circus is built on such an awkward lot. It has the timeshare and condo towers in front of it that are owned by someone else, meaning it can't be a normal stripfront property without those buildings obscuring it/messing up the theme.

If it does get sold someday, whoever buys it will need to pull some architectural magic to make the other buildings vanish.

Or they could just blow them up. That is always a possibility.

CHAPINM1
May 6, 2009, 2:48 AM
Circus Circus is built on such an awkward lot. It has the timeshare and condo towers in front of it that are owned by someone else, meaning it can't be a normal stripfront property without those buildings obscuring it/messing up the theme.

If it does get sold someday, whoever buys it will need to pull some architectural magic to make the other buildings vanish.

Or they could just blow them up. That is always a possibility.

Blow up which buildings? Sky and Hilton?

Krases
May 6, 2009, 5:25 AM
Blow up which buildings? Sky and Hilton?

Yes. Blow zem up!

Actually I should say "demolish" because saying that I want to see two large buildings "blown up" probably just put me on an FBI watch list.

Seriously though, it is a very awkward plot if you actually look at it. The section on the North Eastern border is not part of the property, but is owned by MGM and could be combined with it. If you think about what it could be like if it was one giant single block of land, it could potentially contain a second City Center...actually it could hold a lot more. If they purchased the land on the other side of the track, but before the I-15 and built over top of the railroad line, they could shove a freaking six flags back there.

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/3621/awkwardplot.png (http://img297.imageshack.us/my.php?image=awkwardplot.png)

mdiederi
May 6, 2009, 5:45 AM
MGM Mirage owns all of that vacant Strip-front land between Circus Circus and Sky. Plenty of room to make a bigger Strip resort presence ... that is, as long as they blow up Circus Circus and replace it with something that complements Sky. :haha:

MGM Mirage doesn't own that square thing to the right of the RV park inside the red line on that satellite shot, that's the new parking garage for the Hilton thing. It was under construction in that shot.

mac78130
May 6, 2009, 5:31 PM
I never heard there were plans/rumors to close the Barney's at Palazzo. I bet they were planning to make money with the St. Regis Condos next door.

http://lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/06/barneys-new-york-official-denies-report-closing-pa/