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County commissioners speed up Resorts Worlds' permit review process to add construction jobs

A mega-resort planned to take up 87 acres on the Las Vegas Strip is slowly inching forward. Initially scheduled to open in 2016, the owners of Resorts World have promised to ramp up activity several times, but it hasn't happened.

The Resorts World is located on Las Vegas Boulevard and Convention Center Drive where the old Stardust once stood.

The owners have promised more than 5,000 construction jobs, but it simply hasn't materialized. Most of the steel and concrete seen on the lot was erected before 2008 when Boyd Gaming suspended work on their Echelon project.

On Wednesday, the Clark County Commission took steps to speed up construction on the Resorts World project. Representatives of Resorts World owner Genting asked Commissioners to waive certain approval processes so they can move forward faster, and the commissioners agreed.

"This is a request to build on our site entirely but not be limited to undergrounds and foundations."

"You got all of us here in total support to get this job moving and get these people to work, so if we can cut the six weeks down to two to three weeks, it would certainly benefit all of us," said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner.

Commissioner Sisolak was talking about shortening the permit review process. Commissioner Giunchigliani suggested, and they passed a measure that would speed up a certain review process from a year down to six months.

The whole idea is to get more boots on the ground and make the area a beehive of construction activity. The plans for Resorts World will use all 87 acres and have 3100 room resort to employ three thousand full-time employees when it's finished.

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