Renovation Approved for Las Vegas Sahara Hotel and Casino

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Renovations have been approved to what many considered to be the epicenter of Las Vegas glitz and glam, The Sahara hotel and casino.

Six months after being forced to close its doors after falling victim to the recession, The Sahara hotel and casino in Las Vegas sits empty on the Strip. But possibly not for long.

A remodeling plan was unanimously approved on Wednesday by the Clark County Commission. This plan could breathe new life into a hotel and casino that previously served celebrities and common folk alike for nearly 60 years.

County officials are hoping that the project will also revitalize the north end of the Strip, which has seen better times.

According to documents outlining the plan, the existing room towers (the Tunis, Tangiers and Alexandria) will be renovated. The roller coaster onsite will be dismantled and a 2,830-square-foot beer garden will be constructed. The number of hotel rooms will be decreased from 1,700 to 1,622.

In addition, retail, tenant and restaurant spaces will be added and the casino floor will be renovated. For those who enjoy late night partying, a 21,000-sqaure-foot nightclub will be built. Along with a pool deck area that will also be added, 41,000 square feet of meeting and convention space are also planned.

It remains unclear when construction will begin and how much the entire renovation project will cost as those figures were not included in the plans. Owners SBE Entertainment of Los Angeles and private equity firm Stockbridge Real Estate of San Francisco did not comment.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who represents the area believes the plan will generate the foot traffic needed to boost the economy in that portion of the Strip.

“This may be the synergy needed to kick start some of the properties on that side. … This is spending in the economy, taking the package you have and using it to the best of your advantage,” Giunchigliani said. “I’m excited. I’m happy and glad that the Sahara, even though it might not have the same view, is still there.”

Previous attempts at redevelopment of the Sahara property began in 2007 but were put on hold two years later because of the economic downturn.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal

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