This aint your Fathers Vegas.
The skyline around the Strip will be changing once again. We shouldn’t act like its something new. The Skyline has changed around 5 times in the past 2 years, but this one will be big.
Project LINQ (about the only name thrown around as of now) will be a 500 million dollar improvement to center strip. It will supply 3000 construction jobs to the Valley, and once completed LINQ should employ some 15,000 through out its bar/dinning and entertainment promenade style spot, which will include some retail stores throughout the walk way.
Adding to the many attractions of the strip will be the main attraction at the LINQ, the 550 foot observation wheel named “High Roller”
Sounds as if these properties will be “LINKED” in a way to this meeting and meandering area.
September will un-officially mark start of the tearing down and remodeling process of the area between FLAMINGO and OSHEAS basically an alley, and (for now) the IP. I say for now because they (Caesars) have announced the name will be changed by the time the project is done. Imperial Palace, the name has been leased to Caesars Entertainment since 2005.
The entrance to Caesars will be getting some minor refurbishing as well as IP and Osheas until major construction is under way. The IP hotel towers will get a make over and remodel while loosing the cheesy Japanese look along with the name. Osheas will be vacating its current spot but there are talks of a new one within this entertainment district, not know yet if it will be called Osheas. This will happen in stages, throughout, and when completed has a suggested opening date of JUNE 2013.
Dont get me wrong. This sounds like a good idea, especially the observation wheel, But I believe this idea already exists, its just called the Strip. People meet in what are now sectioned off areas in front of Casino properties with bars and dinning spots anyway. Downtown has a place like this as well, its called Fremont Street.
A little more about the OBSERVATION WHEEL not FERRIS WHEEL: the “pods” will hold up to 40 people there will be 28 of them and at a cost of $20.00 a ride visitors can rotate in a 360 degree fashion, for an awesome view. The wheel will move at about a foot a minute and take approximately a half hour to complete the trip.
I see the idea and think its awesome for Vegas and the economy in the long run. I really hope it gets off the ground. Remember there will be an implosion of a building that hasn’t even opened and there are major projects started either on the strip or around the strip that are up in the air still. The good news is the quote from Greg Miller, Caesars' vice president of development, said the project is fully funded and will begin major construction next year, though preparations will begin in September."Our project has every penny we need to complete it, sitting in the bank,"
Recently Downtown has been some what revived with the new Fremont East bars and (more bars), so we will see.
More to come.