There are already plenty of fabulous hotel & casino’s in Las Vegas, with some of the world’s best poker rooms among them, but a new addition is coming to Las Vegas as plans to build a new 20 story hotel & casino with 527 rooms has been given the green light. The $500 million project will be erected next to McCarran International Airport and has had to jump over a series of hurdles after worries regarding illegal drone flying, laser lights, and domestic and terror attacks.
The Clark County Commission passed the plans for Dream Las Vegas in a 6-1 vote that took place on Wednesday, October 6. The new building will be constructed on top of a five-acre plot of land on the south edge of Las Vegas Boulevard, next to the airport and the Harley-Davidson dealership.
Construction to Begin in Mid-2022
The faces behind the 500 million dollar venture are David Daneshforooz and Bill Shopoff, who announced their project plans in February 2020. The former is the chief executive of Contour, a real estate company, and Shopoff is the founder of Shopoff Realty Investments. The pair hope to have construction for their Las Vegas boutique hotel begin midway through 2022, with the first clientele making their way through the doors in 2024.
With rooms only in the hundreds, Dream Las Vegas will be one of the smaller resorts on the Strip but that’s where developer Shopoff believes they’ll “find their following.” The unique selling point is that it will offer boutique stays for visitors who do not want to spend their entire vacations in hotel-casinos that stretch further than the eye can see.
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Fears Over Dream Las Vegas
A host of fears and concerns have plagued Dream developer plans for years, to the point where project plans had to be reviewed by the FBI, United States Homeland Security, and the Secret Service. Various major airlines also queried the plans as hotel laser lights and other illuminations could be a cause of concern for “flash blindness”, a condition that could cause pilots to have their vision temporarily impaired.
The United States Transportation Security Administration carried out their own assessment which stated that the resort would “increase the risk to both the aircraft and the passengers due to active shooters and the ability throw things over the fence intended to cause harm”.
In turn, the TSA worried that the airport would also be “more susceptible to Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive device attacks” and that areas that would be on the third and ninth floor of the hotel would “provide a direct line of sight for laser flashing and long gun attacks,” according to county documents.
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Dream Las Vegas to Make Design Alterations
Not to be dismissed that easily, law firm Kaempfer Crowell’s Tony Celeste, the project representative, explained several changes to design plans to the commission before the vote was taken.
The porte-cochere (doorway to a building) will be moved so that the tower is further away from the airport property line and that it will be separated from the airport by a “nine-foot-tall, double-reinforced security wall”. There will also be “dramatically reduced” sightlines to McCarran, Celeste further went on to say.
Rounding off the design changes, the parking garage will now be enclosed and another security wall will be added onto the proposed pool deck. Plans for rooms with balconies have been scrapped, and all rooms feature a “glass-break detector system” to alert security teams to anyone trying to compromise the windows.
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