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Old Posted Feb 20, 2007, 4:56 AM
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Great shots. That'll be cool watching it grow from there. But I hope the construction isn't too noisy for you when you try to sleep there because they will be working all night long probably. When are they officially letting residence move into Sky anyway?

That is funny about the sign. It was recently covered with a Turnberry banner, but I think that blew off in a wind storm. The only other really old sign on a defunct casino I can think of is the Moulin Rouge on Bonanza Rd. And now everyone's wondering if the Lady Luck is going to end up that way?
Closing for Sky condos begin in March with move-ins after mid-March.
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2007, 12:54 PM
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Sky is gorgeous. The rendering did it little justice.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2007, 2:09 AM
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not skyscraper related but troubling none the less....
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...simmons/070220
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Al Harrington, who pooh-poohed Vegas' future as an NBA team by warning everyone before last weekend, "The biggest thing about Vegas is that there's no police. ... I lived out there for two months this summer and I probably saw one cop car, so it's a free-for-all. ... If people want to come in and start trouble, they've got a free pass because the only security or police is in the casinos. Anything outside, do whatever you want."

I read that quote and thought to myself, "Wait, he's right, when do you ever see cops outside the casinos in Vegas?" Then I made a mental note to keep track during the weekend. Shockingly, Harrington was a prophet. There were barely any cops along the Strip, even though tens of thousands of people were walking around at all hours, even though there were tons of legitimately sketchy people cruising around who seemed to be sizing everyone up and didn't seem to be heading in any specific direction (reminiscent of the shady guys who walk around during Mardi Gras looking everyone over), even though cab lines and gridlock were forcing everyone to walk more than they expected to walk. Again, this was a free-for-all: Walk around at your own risk.

After initial reports that the weekend was relatively quiet, more and more information about shootings, arrests and brawls keeps trickling out. (Check out this story on Channel 8's Web site that carries the headline, "Violence Erupts During All-Star Weekend," or another story on the same Web site about the poor behavior of some of the NBA "fans"). I know for a fact that the Strip was closed twice on Friday night because of shooting incidents (saw it myself), that there was a 20-person brawl outside the Mirage's cab line at 5 a.m. that same night (my friend Marty saw it), that paramedics were covering up something that looked to be a corpse in front of the MGM Grand on Saturday morning (Sully saw it), and that I threw myself into the spirit of the weekend and shot somebody outside of Treasure Island because they were wearing a Yankees cap (fortunately, no witnesses). Who knows what else happened? Was it in Vegas' best interest to report every unflattering crime or brawl that happened? Probably not.

Here's the lingering question: Since Vegas' ultimate goal was to win everyone over and prove its worth as an NBA city, and since All-Star Weekend has previously proven itself as a destination spot for every gangbanger and troublemaker within a 750-mile radius, why not import extra policemen and National Guardsmen like New Orleans did before Super Bowl XXXVI, just to make sure everyone felt totally safe? Why would they want visitors saying stuff like "I don't care how long this cab line is, there's no way I'm walking the Strip" and "I wonder if we'll have the biggest riot in the history of sports this weekend?" In my opinion, Vegas dodged a major bullet this weekend. No pun intended.
I have mixed feelings how Vegas came out of this All-Star weekend. the article makes it seem like violence was rampant and people were afraid to walk down the street so instead opted an hour cab ride from Caesars to the Wynn. ridiculous if you ask me.
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What a strange weekend. There was gambling and partying and Vegas and basketball -- four of my favorite things -- with a fashion convention and Chinese New Year happening as well, which meant Vegas was throwing three blockbuster weekends at once. There were so many big-time celebrities in town, a rumored Michael Jackson cameo came and went without a single shrug. So many parties happened that it was impossible to keep track of everything. Unfortunately, the stifling gridlock made it impossible to hit multiple events in one night unless you could afford a limo or helicopter (or were robbing someone who could afford a limo or helicopter). So many gangbangers and troublemakers flooded the Strip that late-night gamblers willingly chose 75-minute cab lines over a 15-minute walk to their next casino. So many wild stories floated around about shootings, robberies and everything else that we never knew what to believe; still, every tale seemed reasonable because there were no cops to be seen. On Saturday night, one of my friends even joked that the city might have to declare martial law, only none of us laughed because we didn't realize he was joking.
This brings me to another topic which i have adressed before with Vegas. there needs to be transportation alternatives. right now there is none. The monorail is NOT an alternative at this time because it goes nowhere. there needs to be a dedicated train in the middle of the strip as well as spokes branching out down the east west streets (Harmon, Flamingo, Tropicana). People have told me, "you walk the strip in Vegas." apparently not anymore because too many people are afraid of getting shot. and besides, nobody wants to be walking all the time on their vactation. Driving on the strip is a lost cause. The mayor thinks he is on the path to becoming a real city, but how can you constanlty overlook the transportation issues and think along those lines? if there is one thing that the government is needed for in this city, it is public transit. The casinos do not care about the traffic because they want the people staying in their hotel at all times. Look at the construction happening and planned on the strip and its only going to get worse. Capicity on the strip will double in 5 years and as far as I've seen, nothing is going to be done to the infrastructure to deal with this capacity. the strip is over crowded already today, so imagine 5 years from now at double that. good luck getting anywhere!

I was ready to actually start calling Vegas a real city myself, but this past weekend brought too many issues that need to be fixed to the forefront. I believe there is no way now that a pro team can call Vegas home in the foreseeable future. Vegas will always be a great place to visit, but it is still a place i would not want to live in.

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Old Posted Feb 21, 2007, 8:10 AM
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wow...im looking out the window of my new york new york hotel room and i cant believe how much this city has grown over the past few years...its incredible!! and it seems like the towers go up very fast here...i was just out on the strip and saw workers still moving cranes at this hour! thats something you dont see in SD

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Old Posted Feb 21, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I'm confused about Renzi Towers. Kobi Karp has a few images of it, with this one being the most confusing:



This shows the tower down in Spring Valley, and considerably less than the 700+ feet, but the proposal was downtown, I thought? Is 'Renzi Development' just shopping around?

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Old Posted Feb 21, 2007, 2:44 PM
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That first shot looks like the site where 888 was supposed to be built.

edit: No, wait, actually that's off the southwest corner of the 888 site.

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Aladdin Planet Hollywood Transformation to Be Completed by October

For what seems like an eternity, the transformation of the cursed Aladdin Hotel & Casino into the gleaming and shiny (and still-cursed) Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino will apparently be completed in October 2007. We've heard this all before, so don't start booking your rooms quite yet. We continue to suggest that all VT readers take a pause on staying at Aladdin until the dust has settled.

It does look, however, that the end may actually be in sight. The Review-Journal conducted an interview with A/PH honcho Robert Earl, wherein he says that progress has been slow, but they've invested must more money into the property than originally anticipated. The description of the strip frontage is semi-interesting.

The large desert-stonelike features topped by an Arabian-style dome are being pulled down to be replaced by a "Times Squarelike" front with large light-emitting diode screens and bright colors to make the property more inviting.

"By the middle of this year, you'll never know the Aladdin existed," said Earl, adding that the dome that sat above the Aladdin sign was removed Thursday.

"That 700-foot run all along the front will all glow and change colors and show images," Earl said of the new plaza. "It will be a fantastic billboard."

A new front entrance on the Strip property's northern end has already opened while construction on the front continues. Retail tenants and restaurants are being added along Las Vegas Boulevard.
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2007, 5:47 PM
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Maxim Approved

Clark County commissioners on Wednesday approved use permits for the Maxim condo-resort project despite concerns by representatives and residents from the neighboring high-rise Sky Las Vegas.

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_ho.../12736237.html
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2007, 6:39 PM
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I have added 4 new blogs (post NBA All Star Game) in regards to Cosmo Construction, NBA All Star Game, How MGM MIRAGE CityCenter is getting close to already being totally reserved as well as an article on Vdara.

www.LasVegasHighRiseBlog.com
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2007, 6:48 PM
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Wet Las Vegas update...

Wet Las Vegas is now reporting that thier indoor waterpark is going to be expanded to 350,000 square feet making it the largest indoor water park in North America. That would make it 100,000 square feet larger than the current largest indoor waterpark in the U.S.

It will be the second largest in the world.

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Old Posted Feb 22, 2007, 9:05 PM
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Blocked Views Courtesy of Maxim

Maxim will certainly block many of the anticipated views of the strip from neighboring buildings, namely Sky Condominiums. It didnt seem that the Commissioners were in the mood for protecting views on the resort corridor, but they never have been in the past, so why would anyone expect them to change now? It should be incumbent on realtors to do some due-diligence on surrounding properties before they slam their customers into pet projects, sadly it often isnt done. It was public knowledge that a big developer had owned the land for several years and had plans for a casino/resort. It seems that realtors are often more concerned about which projects pay the highest commission and have non-recourse on the commissions rather than the best long-term investment for their customers. But in Vegas, it doesnt matter if it is the County Commisioner, State Treasurer, Governor or long-term Senior Senator, it is all about 'their cut' of the pie.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2007, 3:44 AM
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Maxim will certainly block many of the anticipated views of the strip from neighboring buildings, namely Sky Condominiums. It didnt seem that the Commissioners were in the mood for protecting views on the resort corridor, but they never have been in the past, so why would anyone expect them to change now? It should be incumbent on realtors to do some due-diligence on surrounding properties before they slam their customers into pet projects, sadly it often isnt done. It was public knowledge that a big developer had owned the land for several years and had plans for a casino/resort. It seems that realtors are often more concerned about which projects pay the highest commission and have non-recourse on the commissions rather than the best long-term investment for their customers. But in Vegas, it doesnt matter if it is the County Commisioner, State Treasurer, Governor or long-term Senior Senator, it is all about 'their cut' of the pie.
Nevada Supreme Court ruled some time ago views are not protected. Views were not the primary point about the Maxim and Sky debate. The RJ totally ignored the most important part of yesterday's meeting which I attended and spoke. The requested setback and height variances by Maxim were put on hold until a final design can be created with input from both MGM Circus Circus and the Sky home owners. The Commissioners gave stronger support to residential home owners in Sky than expected as Sky is the first residential tower to have an adjacent commercial property. Interesting point you make about commissions since we sold a ton of Sky condos at 1.5% commission because we liked the developers and the project. Careful where you point the "greed" finger if you don't know the real facts.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2007, 4:35 AM
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The Finger Still Points

What you wrote is a distinction without a difference. I stand by everything I wrote. If a lower commission was paid on some units, then there was a quid pro quo somewhere else. Perhaps a lower priced unit was purchased, than was available to the general public. Too many non-recourse projects are pushed by some brokers, at the expense of better projects where the commissions are not paid until the closing.

There may be some minor adjustments with Maxim, but nothing significant. They only have 7 acres on an oddly shaped parcel of land. There is only so much fine-tunning on the design that will be possible. Sky owners at least wont be totally in the ghetto when Maxim is built. The Maxim developers have the clout because they bring jobs and a revenue stream to the north strip.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2007, 6:15 AM
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What you wrote is a distinction without a difference. I stand by everything I wrote. If a lower commission was paid on some units, then there was a quid pro quo somewhere else. Perhaps a lower priced unit was purchased, than was available to the general public. Too many non-recourse projects are pushed by some brokers, at the expense of better projects where the commissions are not paid until the closing.

There may be some minor adjustments with Maxim, but nothing significant. They only have 7 acres on an oddly shaped parcel of land. There is only so much fine-tunning on the design that will be possible. Sky owners at least wont be totally in the ghetto when Maxim is built. The Maxim developers have the clout because they bring jobs and a revenue stream to the north strip.
Too bad you have such a negative view of real estate agents. There are those that stand for integrity which apparently you haven't met.

One can do a lot of different designs on 7 acres, especially height, and Maxim may very well take on a different shape in its final design.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2007, 7:41 AM
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There are good agents and greedy ones, that is for certain. I was only advising people to search for the ones that have the customers interests paramount. I think you are being obtuse when you act like you dont know who the finger points at. Which recourse projects do you sell?
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Station Casinos broke ground yesterday on Aliante Station. It will cost $600,000,000 and will be their 17th property in southern Nevada. LV Business Press story.

Hmm? With only 200 hotel rooms, that comes to a construction cost of $3 million per room. Shit, I remember when everybody was aghast when the Wynn cost one-million dollars per room to build, and that was just a couple years ago.

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Old Posted Feb 23, 2007, 4:30 PM
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There are good agents and greedy ones, that is for certain. I was only advising people to search for the ones that have the customers interests paramount. I think you are being obtuse when you act like you dont know who the finger points at. Which recourse projects do you sell?
Well let's see. There's been Juhl, Newport Lofts, SoHo Lofts until they sold out, Turnberry Place until it sold out, MGM Signature, Turnberry Towers, Trump for its first 6 months (where the buyer can also change the brokerage at contract leaving you at total risk) and Sky in its first year of sales. Does any brokerage like to sell recourse projects when the tower can fail to go to contract after all of your money and marketing effort to promote it or since it takes two years to build one before any of your agents get paid? No, but there are solutions to such problems which we've implemented. Like I've said about your posts multiple times, learn the real facts before firing shot gun comments.
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