CREATED Jun. 19, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A big concrete frame on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is the site of the new Resorts World Hotel.
Builders got the go ahead from Clark County Commissioners on Wednesday to begin the first phase of the project that's set to create tens of thousands of construction jobs.
"The quicker they say we're breaking ground and we need to hire construction workers and we've got shovels in the ground and we're building the better off we're going to be," Commissioner Steve Sisolak said. He's getting calls into his office from people out of work who are ready to get back.
The future construction is a sign of economic growth after builders of the Echelon Hotel left behind a skeleton and what some said looks like an eyesore on the Strip.
"We're back in business," Resorts World's Planning Consultant, Greg Borgel said. "We are Las Vegas again and we are building exciting things and people will be excited to come here."
In order to get tourists and locals excited about the project, the resort will start off building a wall around the property that looks like the Great Wall of China and will mask construction of the resort behind it. The wall will have pictures of other Resorts World properties and music will play as tourists walk by the hotel.
Resorts World is also planning a big marketing push and building a visitors center and outdoor stage so visitors can learn about the hotel and maybe catch a live performance.
"It gets people excited about our project so when they come back to town they'll want to stay with us," Borgel said.
Construction on the wall and visitors center will happen as soon as Resorts World gets permits from the county and the company is hoping to break ground on the construction of the hotel within a year.