MGM CityCenter in Las Vegas is the $9 billion dollar casino resort complex with the Aria Resort & Casino, Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel and residences, Vdara – a mixed use hotel and residences, a high-end boutique shopping mall, Veer Towers condominiums, and the Harmon – a structurally deficient tower that is the most expensive billboard on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Wall Street Journal reports CityCenter’s senior vice president of facility improvements sent a letter to Clark County Director of Development Services stating CityCenter will demolish the Harmon Building to abate potential for structural collapse in case of an earthquake.
The fate of the building is currently in limbo tied up with court litigation between MGM Resorts International and CityCenter’s general contractor Perini Building Company over $200 million in payments.
CityCenter was a complex I watched being built over several years from rooms at the Planet Hollywood hotel across the street.
The Harmon building is directly across the street from Marriott’s newly opened in December 2010 Cosmopolitan Hotel. I wonder if guests can stay on the Harmon side of the Cosmopolitan during the implosion? The Cosmopolitan outdoor pools are also on the Harmon side of the hotel.