Fontainebleau Las Vegas opens in December after a decade and a half

Fontainebleau Las Vegas is on the way there open in December with a Nevada Gaming Control Board preliminary eligibility hearing in the rear view mirror and a audience by the Nevada Gaming Commission July 27th which will almost certainly lead to a recommendation to license the property in November. Then everything is blue sky, resp Fontainebleau After construction started in 2007 and almost all investments were made, the details for the opening in December are finally being finalized $4 billion for development and the surrounding economy.

Long development time, several setbacks

The almost 70-storey property It’s been a highlight on the Strip for years. At one point it was wrapped in white construction foil and was described as a visual nuisance by neighboring businesses if in the hands of another owner.

A quick overview of the type of property visitors can expect when it opens suggests a high-end experience with more than 400 suites totaling more than 400 suites 3,500 hotel rooms.

The casino area will be modest for the percentage of the total area at approx 150,000 square meters of play area with 128 gaming tables And 1,300 slot machines. High and mid rollers are catered for with nearly 20,000 square feet of VIP play space and more than 3,000 square feet of national high limit flooring. According to reports, there will be 6 Salons Privé. Sports bettors have their own area of ​​more than 13,000 square meters.

The casino will be on the ground floor, with a shopping mall above and a health and fitness center above. It includes more than half a million square meters of conference space and meetings with more than 100,000 square feet of space, making it the second largest meeting space on the market.

Approximately half of the dining area will be upscale, with the rest reserved for casual dining. Exclusive areas include international chefs and globally recognized brands.

Nightlife is not neglected either, with a nightclub, a dayclub and a nightclub Theater with a capacity for almost 4,000 spectators visitor. development partner”It is an arena-sized theatrical stage and it will be a multi-purpose space.”said Brett Mufson, a development partner at Fontainebleau. “We will have residencies and host groups, meetings, speaker series and car events.”

Employ more than 7000 people

Nearly There are currently 4,000 workers on site It will require more than 4,500 full-time employees and nearly 2,000 part-time employees to operate. At full plant utilization, including partner employees, more than 7,000 people will be employed around 250 of them in managerial positions.

At Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, Jeffrey Soffer and Brett Mufson testified of Fontainebleau development They were able to run the property. Next, they have to face the Gambling Board, which usually results in an automatic approval after some tough questions that might be left open. This gives applicants an opportunity to clarify outstanding issues and resolve any outstanding issues that were not fully resolved at the preliminary hearing. In this case, the issue may be a decades-old tax issue and whether debt relief was included in Soffer’s repurchase of the loan associated with the property.

Soffer was the original developer but ran into trouble when the Great Recession of 2008 hit and turned the economy upside down. The current development also affects the deep pockets of Koch Industries’ real estate investment subsidiary, Koch Real Estate Investments. The Raider/Investor Carl ICahn owned the property for a time, however made no headway toward the opening under your property.

Gaming attorney Frank Schreck provided some details on the question of “suitability” raised in the hearing. Schrek said:

The focus of the investigation seems to be the analysis of a loan related to the development of town square more than 10 years ago. It was bought from the pawn shop by Jeff Soffer and his sister Jackie. According to Mr. Soffer’s attorney, Rod Rosenstein, a former acting attorney general, the question seems to be whether or not there was any debt relief associated with the repurchase of that loan. We are still not sure that Mr. Soffer’s tax advisors correctly considered the possible forgiveness of the complicated transaction.”

Soffer reportedly suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in net operating losses as a result of the aftermath of the “Great Recession” of the late 2000s. Presumably, these would be available on paper to cover any tax debts.

Second chance

Soffer has been the owner of the property again since February 2021.

soffer said:This development has come full circle and I look forward to making it happen.. It will be great for Las Vegas. It’s definitely different than originally planned. It’s much more exclusive.”

According to a CDC Gaming Reports article, Gaming Control Board chairman Kirk Hendrick had no concerns about the property’s past failures during the “economic downturn” of the 2000s.

I am very pleased that this part of the strip is seeing some revitalization and that its property is being further developed.said Hendrick.

Accordingly KTNV, local affiliate of ABC NewsIn 2022 US casinos generated a record turnover of 60 billion US dollars. Nevada casino operators accounted for $14.8 billion and Strip casinos accounted for more than 10% or $8.2 billion of the nationwide casino gaming revenue, making the Las Vegas Strip the number one casino market in the United States. By a wide margin, Atlantic City ranks last year with sales of $2.8 billion in 2022.

Spring: Fontainebleau Las Vegas is on track for licensing in November before opening in DecemberCDC Gaming Reports, July 12, 2023

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