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MGM Resorts Unveils Plans for The Park, Promenade Linking New York-New York, Monte Carlo

14 May 2014, 9:51 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

MGM Resorts International recently unveiled plans for a  pedestrian-friendly transformation of part of the Las Vegas Strip. Dubbed the Park, the eight-acre destination will bridge the area between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, which are adding plaza-like spaces that will feature additional entertainment and dining attractions.

Envisioned as a sun-filled, resort-like promenade, the Park will provide common areas with distinctive landscaping, social spots, relaxation areas and patio-style furniture. Water features will also be part a vibrant atmosphere that will encourage street performers to entertain passers-by.

At night, the Park will turn into an urban walkway, with LED lighting fixtures taking over the landscaping. Shade structures will feature light sequences from above, while live music from the open-air venues will add to the energy. The dining venues that will draw visitors throughout the day include Shake Shack, Bruxie, Sake Rok, Beer Garden, A Robert Mondavi Jr. Wine Experience, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar.

The Park will feature eco-friendly initiatives, in keeping with MGM Resorts’ practice of developing LEED-certified facilities. With designs provided by master-planner Cooper, Robertson & Partners, architecture and urban-design firm !melk, as well as Marnell Architecture, the Park will pursue LEED Gold certification.

Rendering courtesy of newyorknewyork.com



SolarCity Expands to Nevada, Will Serve Metro Las Vegas Starting this Fall

7 May 2014, 8:43 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

In recent years, solar power has become a viable power source for residences in sun-drenched California and Arizona. Now, Nevada is seeing serious interest from a major provider. SolarCity recently announced plans to expand its operations in the state, beginning with residences in metropolitan Las Vegas.

SolarCity will begin its homeowners’ coverage for a monthly $30 fee, a rate considerably lower than what a conventional utility would charge. The solar power provider will offer design, installation, financing, insurance, monitoring and a performance guarantee. Installations will begin in October on a first-come, first-served basis.

The company will participate in NV Energy’s SolarGenerations program, which is scheduled to begin this summer. Initially, the program will be available to NV Energy customers in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Winchester, Paradise, Henderson and Boulder City.  

According to a statement, the move could also boost the market for greeh tech-related jobs. SolarCity will double its current 400-member workforce in the state, thus making Nevada the company’s largest location. The company has been dominant in the solar power-heavy markets of California and Arizona, with a current cap of nearly $4.9 billion.



MGM Resorts Plans $86M Expansion of Mandalay Bay Convention Center

1 May 2014, 12:05 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino plans an $86 million expansion of its convention center that would increase its convention space to more than 2 million square feet.

The project would expand the 1.7 million-square-foot convention center by 350,000 square feet. MGM Resorts International, Mandalay Bay’s owner, said in a statement that additional improvements are planned, including a new underground parking structure and new exhibit space.

Also in the pipeline is a 70,000-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into five sections, allowing greater flexibility and more breakout areas for corporate groups.

When complete, the additions will boost the Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s total square footage from seventh to fifth in the nation, and its expanded 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space will bump up the property from No. 11 to No. 5. Construction is scheduled to begin late this year, followed by the opening of the new exhibit space in August 2015. The rest of the new facilities will come on line in January 2016. The additions will meet LEED Gold standards.

Image courtesy of mandalaybay.com



Revived Master Plan Would Bring 15,000 New Homes to North Las Vegas

24 Apr 2014, 4:09 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

One of the largest residential projects in Nevada has found new life as developers have expressed the intention to break ground on a $3.2 billion master-planned community in North Las Vegas that could encompass up to 15,000 homes.

Originally approved in 2006, the Park Highlands project would occupy 2,600 acres. Despite the backing of the City Council, the project stalled due to a combination of financial problems and the economic downturn. A number of changes to the plan have revived the project, which would be located north of the Las Vegas Beltway near Aliante Parkway. With the final vote for a number of smaller master plans set for May, North Las Vegas could see a 10- to 15 year buildout.

Due to the project’s troubled financial history, the 2,600 acres of land are now under the ownership of eight different entities, The Las Vegas Sun reports. A representative for the owners has since revealed that the developers intend on rolling out a development process with groundbreaking aimed for  late 2014 or early 2015. The Sun also noted that the land has been split into two separate master-plans.

Utilities and storm drains are already in place on the 600-acre western site between Decatur Boulevard and Aliante Parkway, where about 4,000 homes would be built. Work is somewhat less advanced on the 2,000-acre eastern portion of Park Highlands; a pair of commercial and residential landowners hope to develop another 11,000 homes, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal .



High-end Summerlin Office Property Hits the Market; Gladstein Group Gets Listing

17 Apr 2014, 2:57 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

 

Sam Gladstein, president of the Gladstein Group, was named the exclusive sales agent by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for its property at 1701 Village Center Circle  in the Summerlin master-planned community. According to a statement, the asking price for the asset is around $11.5 million.

The 43,000-square-foot building is located on a 2.5-acre lot in Summerlin, and offers convenient access to McCarran International Airport, as well as to the 215 Beltway, U.S. 95 and U.S. 15.

The Reynolds Foundation’s property is a high-end office building offering a wide range of amenities that include expansive board rooms, state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities, full kitchen, fitness facilities, an executive dining room and on-site underground parking.

The building’s floor plans are potentially suitable for law, accounting and other professional services firms. The two-story 1701 Village Center Circle building includes executive wings with private offices and conference rooms, open areas designed for roomy cubicles, plus large file rooms, state-of-the-art computer server facilities and break/lunch rooms. Tech fixtures include a 60-ton cooling tower.

The building features prairie-style design, wide overhangs, garden-style landscaping, sandstone, granite, steel and glass flourishes, as well as a slate roof. Master craftsman woodwork and commissioned lighting fixtures adorn the interior.







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