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City council approves downtown Vegas casino

Feb 5, 2009 8:04 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

The Las Vegas city council has approved a plan that would give downtown its first new casino since 1979, but the project is linked to city hall plans that have been criticized by some city council candidates and the powerful Culinary Union.

Opponents to the city hall say the project, which would be funded by between $150 million and $267 million in bonds, is unnecessary and risky during a recession.

Developer Forest City has agreed to build the city hall in exchange for the 6.4-acre site in the Union Park development.

The union has backed two ballot initiatives that could block the project.

The new 47-story resort would be 1.6 million square feet, with 120,000 square feet of casino space and 1,000 hotel rooms.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal