Las Vegas certainly already has its own share of great casinos. However, a new addition has just gotten the go-ahead from the Clark County Commission. Dream Las Vegas Casino will be a brand new 20 story hotel and casino offering 527 guest rooms. This project will cost more than $ 500 million and will be erected on five acres at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, right between a Harley Davidson dealership and McCarran International Airport.
This new venture is the brainchild of Bill Shopoff and David Daneshforooz, two real estate entrepreneurs who announced their plans for the casino in February 2020. Hopes for the hotel and casino are that construction will begin midway through 2022 and ends with the opening of the doors. in 2024.
This new resort will sport 527 rooms, making it a relatively small hotel by Las Vegas standards. However, according to Shopoff, this is actually one of the resort’s selling points. The idea is to provide visitors with boutique stays for those not looking to stay in massive casino hotels that can seemingly last forever.
While this might be surprising, given that the hotel is certainly not a huge project by Vegas resort standards, the project has raised a lot of concerns with lawmakers. These fears focused on the location of the project next to the airport and continued to plague the project for years with reviews by the FBI, Transportation Security Administration, Secret Service, and US Homeland Security. United.
Several airlines believed the plans could pose a danger due to laser lights and lighting coming from the hotel, which they said could impair a pilot’s vision. The TSA evaluated the plans and found that the complex could pose a risk to passengers and planes, both from active shooters and the ability of individuals to simply throw dangerous objects over the fence. In addition, the TSA feared that the plans for the complex would make the airport more vulnerable to “attacks from improvised explosive devices carried by vehicles.” The TSA also estimated that the airport would be at risk of “long gun attacks” and laser flash.
In response to these concerns, the project made numerous design changes, including placing the tower further from the property line shared with the hotel and adding a nine-foot-high security wall. These also included fewer lines of sight to the airport, no balconies for the bedrooms, a system to detect if the glass is broken on the windows, another security wall for the pool deck and the change of the parking terrace to be closed.
These changes were apparently enough to convince the Clark County Commission, which approved the plans 6-1. Now, those who wish to enjoy a trip to Las Vegas will have another option available in just a few years.