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Judge Grants MGM Go-Ahead To Tear Down Harmon Tower
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LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County District Court judge on Thursday ruled in favor of demolishing Harmon Tower at CityCenter.

Judge Elizabeth Gonzales has given MGM Resorts International permission to demolish the tower, despite opposition from the building's contractor, Perini Construction.

The judge stated that enough evidence was presented and expert testimony was heard to move forward with demolition.

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She said that in an effort to not taint the jury pool in the upcoming civil trial initiated by Perini, she is allowing the company to demolish the building because of business reasons and not because of any safety issue.

According to MGM, the company plans to tear down the building in the next six months. The company will have to obtain permits from the county to demolish the building.

MGM Resorts spokesman Gordon Absher said that although the company prevailed on the issue, "we now must spend $30 million to demolish a defect-riddled building that we spent $275 million to construct.

"When Clark County demanded that CityCenter abate the potential hazard created by faulty construction at the Harmon, we determined that demolition is the surest, safest and fastest way to do so."

Perini would not comment on the judge's decision.

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