COURTESY OF CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | 10:52 p.m.
Map of O'Sheas
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas
Plans for a $400 million dining, retail and entertainment plaza on the Strip dubbed Project Linq resurfaced Tuesday night at a Paradise Town Advisory Board meeting.
The proposal for a 325,000-square-foot outdoor corridor of bars, restaurants and shops between the Flamingo and O’Sheas was first envisioned by Caesars Entertainment in 2006, but the project was slow to get started because of the economic downturn.
The project would also give the facades of the Imperial Palace and O’Sheas a facelift and would be anchored by a 550-foot Ferris wheel.
“Relatively speaking to the projects we’ve seen on the Strip over the past couple years, this is quite simple,” Caesars representative Tabitha Fiddyment said. “It will take underutilized real estate...and turn it into something totally different from what you see today.”
The board approved a bevy of use permits, and members were enthusiastic about the project.
The advisory board’s approval is a necessary first step for the project to continue, but several more planning and permitting approvals are still needed, Fiddyment said. Although Caesars has committed to funding the project, she estimated it could be 18 months before construction starts.
Plans for a competing 500-foot Ferris wheel two miles away near Mandalay Bay concerned board member Morton Friedlander.
“We’d be the only major city in the world with two big wheels a mile apart. It would be insanity. It would be destructive competition,” he said.
Member Robert Orgill said the projects should be allowed to go head to head “and may the best man win.”