Northwest of Las Vegas and Desert Inn

The Stardust Resort opened in 1958. Much like the New Frontier just to its south, by 2007 it had met its end and was demolished by implosion. The void left by the Stardust turned into quite a mess.

Boyd gaming, which had operated the Stardust, promptly announced plans to replace the Stardust with the Echelon, a modern 5,300 room casino resort. The scope of the project was so large it's hard to keep track of, with nearly a half dozen individual hotels and a half billion dollar shopping complex. Later into the project, Boyd negotiated a land swap to acquire an additional 22 acres to the north, the former Westward Ho which was also demolished.

As the housing market lurched to a halt in 2008, the Echelon was yet another victim in Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming first announced a brief pause in construction, then a longer one, then a longer one. Ultimately, construction more or less stopped in 2009 and was never resumed.

In 2013, Boyd having abandoned the project, the land and unfinished buildings were purchased by the Genting Group to construct the Resorts World Las Vegas. Construction began, or perhaps resumed, in 2014.

The Genting Group didn't fare particularly well either. Opening of the “Phase I” component of the project was originally announced for 2016, but as plans expanded and costs increased, the Genting Group delayed opening to 2021 and expanded the project budget to $4.3bn. Interestingly, the Genting Group quickly ran into trouble with their neighbor the Wynn, facing a 2018 lawsuit accusing the planned Resorts World construction of resembling the Wynn to closely. The lawsuit dragged on with twists and turns including Wynn seeking a temporary restraining order blocking construction, but the two parties settled immediately before the first actual hearing.

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