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CityCenter Las Vegas

Updated on November 27, 2010

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008
CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas (also known as Project City Center) is an ambitious accomplishment for MGM Mirage and business partner Dubai World, placing an urban city center complete with residences, retail stores, hotels and casinos right on the Las Vegas strip. Boardwalk Las Vegas (formerly Holiday Inn Boardwalk) was demolished to make room for this 76 acre construction project in between the Jockey Club (which is immediately south of Bellagio) and Monte Carlo.

The Harmon at CityCenter nearing completion in December 2008

The Harmon at CityCenter nearing completion in December 2008
The Harmon at CityCenter nearing completion in December 2008

The primary features of CityCenter include the 4,000 room ARIA Resort & Casino, the 1,500 suite Vdara Hotel (which is to be physically connected to Bellagio), the mixed use (500 hotel rooms and 227 residences) Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, the 400 room Harmon hotel, the twin 37 story Veer Towers which have 335 condominiums in each tower, and a retail/entertainment district named Crystals.

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008
CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

MGM Mirage's sale of their Treasure Island resort to ex Frontier owner Phil Ruffin for $775 million in December 2008 indicates that the economic downturn of 2008 introduced deviations to the plans MGM Mirage and Dubai World originally had when they conceived the project during a booming real estate market.

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008
CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008
CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008
CityCenter Las Vegas nearing completion in December 2008

Below are some newer photos shot in June 2009.

CityCenter Las Vegas, June 2009

"Rear view" of CityCenter Las Vegas (photo taken from the parking lot of the Tropicana Ave. In-N-Out Burger)
"Rear view" of CityCenter Las Vegas (photo taken from the parking lot of the Tropicana Ave. In-N-Out Burger)

CityCenter Las Vegas, June 2009

If you're familiar with Frank Gehry's style of architecture, that's instantly recognizable in this photo
If you're familiar with Frank Gehry's style of architecture, that's instantly recognizable in this photo

CityCenter Las Vegas, June 2009

The south end of CityCenter
The south end of CityCenter

CityCenter Las Vegas, February 2010

The three photos below were taken during our February 2010 visit to Las Vegas. They were just putting finishing touches on some of the buildings at this time; major construction had been completed and the CityCenter hotels (Vdara, Aria, Mandarin Oriental) were open for business. There's also a new pedestrian bridge crossing Las Vegas Blvd. at Harmon Rd., bringing the total number of pedestrian walkways over the strip to four. There's one at Tropicana (the MGM/Excalibur area), one at Flamingo (the Caesars Palace/Flamingo area), and one at Desert Inn Rd. (Venetian/Treasure Island area.)

City Center, February 2010
City Center, February 2010
City Center, February 2010
City Center, February 2010
City Center, February 2010
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