Rehab never sounded so good: malls get makeovers, a resort resorts to a revamp, roofs are on the rise, and an outlet adds (car-charging) outlets.
Red Rock is getting new suites—and new eats.
Fading mall, bright future What was once the largest mall in Las Vegas has been showing signs of age, but a renovation should ensure that the Boulevard Mall doesn’t become a boulevard of broken dreams. The formerly booming mall, which was built in 1965 and hasn’t had a major renovation in more than two decades, is being transformed into a modern shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Sansone Companies, which purchased the mall for $54.5 million last year, plans to spend around $25 million to redevelop it, adding new stores to a complex that already includes Sears, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, and Marshalls. The renovation is set for completion by 2015 and will include a redesigned façade and a farmers market with about 70 vendors and a playground. Sansone also plans to add new restaurants and family-friendly entertainment venues, along with valet parking and free Wi-Fi. “When we took ownership of the property,” says Roland Sansone, “we saw it as an opportunity to breathe new life into not only the mall, but Maryland Parkway as well.”
Speedy delivery As Downtown Summerlin takes shape next door, Station Casinos is spending $35 million to overhaul its Red Rock Resort, including a full renovation of 26 of its highest-end suites and the Spa at Red Rock. But perhaps the most exciting change for locals is the addition of Restaurant Row, which expands on the resort’s already-successful Yard House and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que with several new eateries, including Mercadito Red Rock, the inventive Mexican restaurant by Chicago’s Sandoval brothers, and a new concept from the Light Group that includes farmers market– inspired dishes and handcrafted beers. The resort, marking its eighth year in business, is also adding a new parking area for casino visitors who want easy access to the shops. Station promises that the entire project will be done by year’s end.
Drai’s is a rooftop trendsetter at The Cromwell.
It’s a sunshine day Morning is really something when you can wake up and take in the beauty of Sunrise Mountain. That’s what you get at the Amber Ridge Apartments, located on more than 18 acres overlooking the mountain ridge that separates Las Vegas from Lake Mead. At its Sturgeon Lane location in the East Central area of Las Vegas, the rental development offers lush surroundings and views from the balcony or patio that comes with each unit. And what’s inside is getting a makeover now that FCA Group has closed on its acquisition of the 316-unit, 266,000-plus square-foot complex for $16.2 million. The development already includes swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym, and a lounge. The updated amenity spaces include basketball courts, a soccer field, and a new barbecue and picnic area.
High-end sustainability Don’t forget to plug in before your shopping spree. Las Vegas Premium Outlets is taking environmentally conscious development to another power level by unveiling electric vehicle charging stations, part of Simon Property Group’s nationwide sustainability strategy. Simon has partnered with CarCharging, a national provider of charging services to residential and commercial developers.
Rooftop renos Party impresario Victor Drai is dazzling the throngs again with his new 65,000-square-foot Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub—11 stories up, atop The Cromwell. It’s part of a citywide rooftop renaissance that also includes Picnic, a tented outdoor bar/restaurant with communal tables, gambling, and evening entertainment on the pool level of Downtown Grand. Miami transplant Delano Las Vegas will have a rooftop bar and lounge of its own, with fantastic views from its south Strip location, when it opens September 1. At Caesars, where Nobu Hotel features a rooftop villa for the ultimate globe-trotting ballers, the legendary two-story nightclub Pure, with its 14,000-square-foot terrace, has closed for renovations. Hakkasan Group will expand and rename it, with plans to reopen it in 2015.