Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 | 2:55 p.m.
Resorts World, the long-delayed casino project on the Strip, may be moving forward.
The company today announced it hired a construction manager; last week, the Clark County Building Department approved multiple permits and applications for the project; and its president, Edward Farrell, said work is being done to ready the site for further construction.
If completed, Resorts World would be the first ground-up resort built on the Strip since the recession killed projects on Las Vegas Boulevard and around the Las Vegas Valley.
The Asian-themed resort is being built by the Genting Group, a Malaysian conglomerate that owns and operates casinos in New York, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas and Malaysia, as well as businesses in other industries.
Resorts World broke ground in 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 2020
If people took a peek at the site, Farrell said, “they would see a bit of demolition work going on, primarily steel and concrete that was part of original design that’s not part of our design.”
Farrell said, in terms of safety, the site is up to code and is ready for major construction to start, and the bases for tower cranes are now in place. “The tower cranes will go up over the next eight weeks,” he said.
In a news release issued today, Resorts World announced it hired W.A. Richardson as construction manager for the project. According to the release, Richardson was the general contractor for Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, the Linq and the Cromwell, as well as major renovations for other Strip properties.
In the release, the company also said it had awarded a number of contracts to construction material suppliers and subcontractors.
On its document website, the Clark County Building Department lists more than 30 documents related to the project that were given final approval on Oct. 10.
After being hired in May, Farrell said the design of the project was moving away from its original traditional ancient Chinese theme to a more modern but still Asian concept.
After today’s announcement, Farrell and Michael Levoff, senior vice president of public affairs, were still unwilling to offer any specific details. “We plan to roll out those details over the next three years,” Levoff said.