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New phase of convention center expansion getting started

Cranes are hard at work up and down the Las Vegas Strip and more will be coming soon.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau approved a $935 million price tag for the second phase of the convention center's expansion.

As construction continues at Resorts World and many other properties in and around the Las Vegas Strip area, the newest project is getting set to get started perhaps in just days -- it's the fourth hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"I know the equipment is ready to come, you'll see construction start on that site basically immediately," said Steve Hill, ceo & president, LVCVA.

The vast parking lots along Convention Center Drive where the Riviera used to sit between Las Vegas Boulevard and Paradise Road are about to be transformed.

Brand new renderings show what the $935 million, 1.4 million square foot expansion of the convention center will look like.

At the peak of construction next year, thousands of workers will be busy constructing the state-of-the-art convention hall as thousands more rush to complete other projects nearby.

"Over the next couple of years, there's going to be some pretty exciting things coming online," Hill said.

That includes Wynn Paradise Park which is seeing more construction activity in recent weeks.

Resorts World continues to climb into the north Strip skyline. And the MSG Sphere performance venue behind the Venetian is also in the works.

Along with the Raiders stadium, all of these projects are scheduled to be completed in 2020.

"It's an exciting time in Las Vegas, it's really the next step in, a lot of people call it 'reinvention,' I think it's just building the city," Hill said.

And work on this phase of the convention center is scheduled to wrap up by Dec. of 2020.

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