Station to launch new Red Rock flagship

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The planned Red Rock Station in Summerlin is earmarked to
become Station Casinos’ new flagship property.

The 1,500-room resort casino, so far the largest in the
Station family, is projected to be completed in the last quarter of 2005, when
it will become Station’s corporate headquarters and centerpiece of its gaming
empire.

The new resort-casino will also become Station’s sports
hub, from which all race and sports operations will be directed. Their current
hub is Palace Station.

Red Rock Station will be built on about 73 acres of land at
Charleston and Interstate-215 at a cost of about $400 million. Station spent $65
million for the land earlier this year.

“We believe this is the best site in the Las Vegas
valley for the development of a locals-oriented regional entertainment
complex,” said Frank J. Fertitta III, chairman and CEO of Station.
“The property has exceptional visibility and access from I-215, and will be
adjacent to a regional mall and a major office complex.”

Fertitta added that Red Rock Station will be similar in size
to Sunset Station, the company’s most profitable casino, but would have many
of the upscale amenities found at Station’s highly-successful Green Valley
Ranch Station.

“Using the same architects and designers that helped
create Green Valley Ranch Station, we’ve started the initial design of (Red
Rock Station), and we expect to add a number of additional amenities,”
Fertitta continued. “We are also extremely excited about moving forward
quickly with this project because its location allows us to offer our product to
two markets that are currently under-served by Station — Summerlin and West
Las Vegas.”

The project will probably begin moving forward after Jan. 7,
when county commissioners will decide whether to allow Station to build the
hotel higher than the 100-feet-high ceiling set by local ordinances.

Station has requested a variance to allow a the hotel’s
tower height to reach 300 feet, but community groups have protested. It’s
expected a compromise will be struck that will allow Station to top off at more
than 100 feet, but less than the 300 feet originally planned.

The height of Station’s Suncoast hotel, also in Summerlin,
is 130 feet. That hotel has only 430 rooms, however.

Red Rock Station will be built in the 1300-acre Summerlin
Centre development, a Howard Hughes Corporation project.

In addition to the Station casino, Summerlin Centre will
include an eight acre Central Park, a 1.5 million square foot regional retain
shopping center, an office district encompassing more than 2 million square feet
of mid- and high-rise buildings, a high-density urban residential district, and
two traditional suburban residential communities.

“Station communities is a most welcome addition to our
town center,” said Daniel C. Van Epp, president of the Howard Hughes
Corporation. “The added vitality of a high quality Station Casinos property
will undoubtedly enhance the dynamic and energetic environment we are striving
to create with Summerlin Centre.”

In addition to the Red Rock Station project, Station is
spending $110 million to expand its Green Valley Ranch hotel and casino by
adding 300 rooms and 22,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

 

 

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