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Construction begins at shuttered Sahara


Christopher DeVargas

A preview of the SLS Las Vegas resort that will be replacing the iconic Sahara, Tuesday May 1, 2012.

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 (2:24 p.m.)

The owners of the shuttered Sahara casino on an aging stretch of the Las Vegas Strip say they're breaking ground on a redevelopment project that will revitalize the resort.

Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment announced Wednesday that it's beginning construction after securing the $400 million needed for the project.

The development company says it will reopen the iconic resort that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley by fall of 2014. It will be renamed the SLS Las Vegas.

Owners say the resort will bring celebrity chefs, nightlife and 1,600 guestrooms and suites to the Strip's older and less glitzy north end, which includes the famed Stratosphere.

Managers of the 59-year-old Sahara closed the casino in May 2011 after saying it wasn't economically viable.

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Discussion: 17 comments so far…

  1. Construction jobs now and 2600 jobs when they open.

    Glad this project is coming together for them.

  2. Looks like the old Sahara with brighter paint.

  3. "An aging stretch of the Las Vegas Strip" ... Does anyone from the Associated Press actually visit Las Vegas, or do they phone in this B.S., like most everyone else who writes about us?

  4. A big thumbs up there, sporty!

  5. Things are looking up for LV. Renovations underway at The Quad, Bill's, SLS and the Downtown Grand. Not to mention the overhaul of The D. Now if the resorts will only start rehiring those they pushed out the doors when things were bleaker and bring "customer service" back into the equation. One can only hope.

  6. @Pahrump-Mike -my thoughts exactly