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I-Team: Agreement reached to sell Riviera to LVCVA

LAS VEGAS — The I-Team has learned the Riviera hotel-casino has reached an agreement to be sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The Strip property sits across the street from the convention center. The LVCVA board would still need to approve the purchase.

Sources who work on the casino floor tell 8 News NOW that the casino is no longer buying fresh decks of cards or dice and that means changes are coming soon.

The Riviera is 60 years old. In its prime, there was plenty of glitz and glamour.

"we had Ruth Buzzi from Hollywood Squares. We had Barbara Starla from the Star Trek series and we had Barry Corbin from Northern Exposure,"said Glenn Comeau,  a shoeshiner with the Riviera.

He has shined shoes inside the Strip casino for 15 years. He's seen the shows, the restaurants and even the poker room come and go. The property employs around 1,000 workers.

Comeau's said he's not worried about a change that could affect his job.

"There's an old saying that a wise man lays down his anger before laying down to sleep at night," he said.

The LVCVA says it will not address what it calls rumors, but did released the following statement to 8 News NOW.

"As you may be aware, the LVCVA has had a land acquisition strategy in place since 2013 for the Las Vegas Global Business District in order to pursue the opportunities that make the most strategic and fiscal sense. We continue to look at various parcels adjacent and near our campus as part of the LVCVA's due diligence in planning for this critical project."

Some hotel guests wonder what will happen to the building's facade with neon lights and shining stars.

"It's great, it's great," said Nate Lewis, a Riveria guest. "I've never seen anything like it."

It's not clear if the facade and the shiny stars and statues will continue to stand out or if Comeau and the other employees will need to move on.

The president of the demolition company that helped implode the Clarion on Tuesday said there was recently a bid on imploding the Riveria, but that offer went quiet.


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