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Permits OK’d for remodel of Sahara — minus roller coaster


Leila Navidi

The Sahara in Las Vegas on Friday, May 13, 2011.

Sahara hotel plans remodel

KSNV coverage of the Sahara hotel planning to reopen after remodel, Nov. 2, 2011.

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The shuttered Sahara would reopen with a renovated casino floor and 1,622 hotel rooms, but minus its signature roller coaster, under plans unveiled Wednesday.

The plans, presented to the Clark County Commission, end speculation that owners of the 59-year-old building were going to implode it and start from scratch.

Without comment, commissioners approved use permits to renovate the hotel’s interior, including the casino and 1,622 rooms in three towers. Plans also include demolition of the roller coaster running in and out of the hotel’s northwest corner.

The plans call for the addition of an outdoor dining area. Plans state that the property would include a 2,830-square-foot beer garden.

Stockbridge SBE Holdings LLC is listed as the applicant on the use permit. SBE Entertainment, a nightclub operator, and Stockbridge Real Estate Funds bought the property in 2007 for about $350 million.

The hotel-casino closed earlier this year, putting more than 1,000 employees out of work. Talk of renovations began to circulate a few months ago.

In September, owners announced the hiring of architecture firm Gensler Architects and the Las Vegas-based Penta Building Group to evaluate options for the site.

Gensler was one of the designers behind CityCenter. Penta has developed projects hotel and retail projects in Las Vegas.

Property owners could not be reached for comment.

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  1. This is great news. Glad to see they are not going to blow it up but bring it back to life. Construction jobs and then 1000+ permanent jobs in the future.

    Good luck to them. We get to retain part of old Vegas!

  2. DON'T demolish the roller coaster. Sell./donate it to Desert Land LLC and Desert Oasis Investments LLC, who are planning the theme park across from Mandalay Bay. That coaster would not take up a tremendous amount of real estate and would be as much an attraction as their planned ferris wheel. Speed, The Ride was the best thrill ride on the strip. It would be worth saving.

  3. There were rumors right around the time of the Sahara's yard sale that MGM Resorts had bought the roller coaster and was going to move it to Circus Circus.

  4. Yes! Best of luck to Sahara. I'm hoping this remodel happens as soon as possible. Let's get that grand old lady open again.

  5. I think they need to re-name it too... Sahara is too "old" Vegas....

  6. Great, now the Sahara is going to look like a nightclub on steroids. At least that will make the Northside of the Strip not look like a 3rd world yardsale, like Caesar Palace.

  7. I sure hope this plan works out. It will be good, not only for the North Strip, but for employment. I enjoyed going to the Sahara before, and am sure to visit once it reopens.
    Also I prefer the older, smaller resorts. The big mega resorts are just to intimidating to me.
    I visit LV 2-3 times per year, and am looking forward to the future of the Echelon and Foutainbleu. Although I'm not holding my breath for those two.