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County Looks to Beautify Strip Eyesores

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County Zoning Commission is scheduled Wednesday to discuss a plan that might change the look of vacant and under-developed properties on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Las Vegas residents may remember the days of the Stardust which used to stand near Las Vegas Boulevard and Convention Center Drive. After it was imploded in 2007, the land was set to become Boyd Gaming's newest resort: Echelon.

Now, all that stands is Echelon's skeletal structure. Boyd Gaming halted construction on the project when the economy collapsed. Owners of the Fontainebleau - which sits a few miles north of the Echelon site – also halted its construction.

What county commissioners will consider is a temporary fix. At a zoning meeting Wednesday, they are scheduled to decide if painted wooden fences need to go up to hide empty lots or half-completed projects such as Echelon and Fontainebleau.

David Atwell is the founder of Resort Properties of America. He says Boyd Gaming has already agreed to pay close to $5 million to put a wrap-up around Echelon's unfinished buildings.

Fontainebleau is another story.

"As far as the Fontainebleau goes, in my opinion, that's the real glut. You drive by there anytime day or night, it is so, just ... I can't think of a word ... it is such a blight. It's really a shame," he said.

Atwell believes the north part of the Strip near Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue could be revitalized in three years.

He thinks the redevelopment of the Sahara, which will be transformed into SLS Las Vegas, will be a big part of the revitalization.

Atwell says that's because SLS could bring new money, new energy and new ideas to the north end of the Strip. SLS is expected to open in fall of 2014.


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