MGM Begins CityCenter Construction
This 4th of July is, according to AAA, the busiest ever, with 40.7 million people hitting the roads. A lot of those people are headed to Las Vegas, which is the summer's number one travel destination, where they can relax in luxury and hope to strike it rich. In Vegas, they are sure that this holiday weekend is setting a trend that will prompt more and more travelers to hit the strip. Preparing for all those additional guests, MGM has finally begun construction on a $7-billion dollar resort, called Project CityCenter. While we covered the plan last year, the company poured the foundation over the weekend.
The 66-acre complex will feature a total of 7 towers, acres of retail space and 12,000 permanent jobs. Two of the towers will be residential, one will be a hotel/condo complex and two will be turned into luxury hotels. There will also, of course, be a casino. One hotel, a "lifestyle hotel," is slated to have a "shimmering facade" and a lot of ambiance. The other is going to be a five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel that will "respond to the desert environment and climate."