Dubai-owned Las Vegas hotel to be demolished

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A judge in the US has granted permission for Dubai World, the investment arm of the Dubai government, to demolish the half-built Harmon Hotel tower of the CityCenter Las Vegas development, it was reported.

The Harmon Hotel tower, co-owned by MGM Resorts International, was designed as a 48-storey component of the AED31.2bn ($8.5bn) CityCenter project, which opened in December 2009.

However, inspectors found flaws in the steel reinforcements used in the concrete structure, and tower construction was halted at 26 floors in 2007.

CityCenter's consultants claimed the building was at risk of collapsing if a strong earthquake occurred.

Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez approved CityCenter's motion to demolish the tower. CityCenter officials said they would immediately start planning for the demolition, which could happen within a year.

Developers are now embroiled in a lawsuit with the tower’s builder, Tutor Perini Building Company, over who's responsible for some $400 million in damages. A trial date for the hearing has been set for February 2014.

Permission was first granted for demolition last year but later revoked when the judge questioned the methodology of structural testing on the tower.

The empty Harmon Hotel building, designed by Foster + Partners as a non-gaming boutique hotel, stands at the entrance of the 67-acre master-planned CityCenter development, which features several hotels, condominiums, a casino and an upscale shopping and restaurant complex.

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Posted by: Jihad Jaljouli

This is the result of investing clean money in dirty gambling business,,, I hope the lessons had been learnt!
Stay away from MGM.

Posted by: Telcoguy

No, no RAH. You got it all wrong. When you own the casino it no longer is "a nasty, dirty, highly addictive money-wasting business". Now it becomes a respectable business activity that provides society with plenty of benefits through taxation

About the "money laundering" part, well that fits well with the main theme here in Dubai I think. Where do you think the money to buy property in cash comes from?

In the end gambling is the most amazing thing, people, mostly of low and medium income levels, willingly pay taxes. What else could you ask for? Here you have a direct tax on stupidity

Posted by: RAH

Ponder, you'll need to read the last para of the article a bit closer; Jihad makes a valid point.

Yes, the hotel itself is non-gambling however, read the artcile carefully it then states that it is being built at an entrance to a center that contains a casino.

I stand with Jihad.. gambling is a nasty, dirty, highly addictive money-wasting business, full of money laundering prospects... hence it's banned by religion.

Posted by: Ponder

Funny you say that.

This was a non-gambling hotel that will be destroyed. Going by your logic it seems the universe wants to deprive Las Vegas of a non-gambling hotel and not a fully fledged casino hotel.

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