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Unfinished Las Vegas hotel to become The Drew

The Fontainebleau is receiving new life and a new name.

The property's new owner announced work will soon resume on what is now known as The Drew Las Vegas.

It's the latest project to announce some progress after a quiet decade on the north end of the Strip. For nearly a decade, the Fontainebleau has been frozen in time. Now, the project is being resurrected under a new timetable.

The Fontainebleau will soon fly the Marriott flag.

Work will soon resume on the second tallest building in the state, second only to the Stratosphere.

"I'm excited to come out when it's done and see what everything is," said Todd Kinley, visiting from Ohio.

It will be around two more years before the project is done. Nine years ago, construction stalled and the project shuttered.

Kinley says it's about time for that to change.

"It's great because this has always been always kind of, I don't want to say blighted area, but not as nice as the rest of the Strip."

"What's it going to be?" Laurie Balkum from Austin, Texas wants to know.

She agrees that there's work to be done on the north end of the Strip but she's cautiously optimistic.

"If they keep going, it'll be good," she said.

The optimism was much higher nearly 10 years ago to the day. In another story on the Las Vegas Strip in 2008, Bill Boyd's Echelon resort was just getting started. It was set to open in 2010 and he predicted then that the north end of the Strip would be well on the way to filling in.

"I think it will be filled in in 25 years. I think that is, meaning we are going to have more opportunities for local properties and for downtown," he said in that earlier interview.

Boyd's Echelon sat as a skeleton on the Strip skyline until last year when the project was resurrected as Resorts World -- the first movement on this end of the boulevard since the depths of the recession.

Now, visitors hope that momentum will continue.

"It's Vegas, right?" Kinley said.

In a statement, the Nevada Resort Association calls these developments a shot in the arm saying:

"The north end has historically not had the activity seen at the south end. Given the investments in Resorts World, the LVVCA expansion, the MSG Sphere at mid Strip and other projects, this looks like great timing for The Drew."

Both of these projects are scheduled to wrap up in 2020.

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