Friday, May 24, 1996 | 11:59 a.m.
A six-story, 300-room resort styled after luxury resorts in Europe is planned for a 54.5-acre site in Summerlin.
The Howard Hughes Corp. announced the project in letters to 12,500 residents Thursday.
The Resort at Summerlin, which would include gaming, will be developed by Seven Circle Resorts Inc., a subsidiary of Switzerland's largest gaming company based domestically in Denver.
Officials hope to open the property in 1998.
Mark Brown, vice president of corporate and government relations for Howard Hughes Corp., said today that when Seven Circle begins development of the project, Las Vegas will become its corporate headquarters.
The resort is planned for the southwest corner of Summerlin Parkway and Rampart Boulevard. A conditional use permit for the resort was approved Thursday night by the Las Vegas Planning Commission.
Brown said the property will not be a traditional neighborhood casino, noting that it will not offer bingo or keno. He said the number of slots and tables has yet to be determined.
"We're bringing some amenities to the neighborhood," Brown said. "But there will be no neon signs. It'll be a very classy resort."
Guests will have access to Summerlin's new Bobby Weed-Raymond Floyd PGA Tournament Players Club golf course under construction in Summerlin's Canyon Village neighborhood.
The property, designed by architect Paul Steelman, will include a conference center, bookshop and coffee parlor, gourmet food and wine store, beauty salon and restaurants.
Brown said the resort will have a health spa with memberships to be offered to Summerlin residents.
The company did not disclose the cost of the property, which will be bordered by the new TPC course, the current TPC course and the Angel Park public course.
The Rio hotel-casino had negotiated to operate the site, but Hughes ultimately selected Seven Circle, which has more than 20 hotels, casinos, restaurants and other businesses worldwide.
In the announcement letter dated Wednesday and delivered Thursday, Summerlin President Dan Van Epp said more information will be given at community meetings July 9 and 10 at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Summerlin Library.