LAS VEGAS-MGM Mirage this week set the foundation for its $7-billion Project CityCenter, a 66-acre mixed-use resort development between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts. The 18 million-sf development will include a 60-story 4,000-room hotel with casino, 400 additional hotel rooms in two additional non-gaming hotels, 500,000-sf of retail and entertainment space and more than 2,000 condominiums units, most of which will be in a single high-rise operated as a hotel.

The plan is to create an urban residential district with high-end shops, gourmet restaurants and unique pedestrian environments. The design team for the project includes Studio Daniel Libeskind, Murphy/Jahn Architects, Rockwell Group, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Rafael Viñoly Architects, KPF Architects and Jahn Architects.

Libeskind will design the retail district. The landmark hotel-casino is being designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The 1,543-room condo-hotel component is being designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Another 810 loft-like residences will be designed by Jahn Architects. The 215-unit Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences is being designed by designed by KPF Architects. The Lifestyle Hotel and Residences will be designed by Foster and Partners.

MGM Mirage is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the project. To that end, the 18-million-square foot, multi-use project plans to utilize reclaimed water and on-site power generation.

The residential Presentation Center is scheduled to open in January 2007. Project completion is scheduled for 2009.

Project CityCenter is one of two major redevelopment projects that will transform the area around Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. In between the Bellagio and CityCenter, a partnership led by developer Ian Bruce Eichner is developing the Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino, a $2-billion mixed-use project.

The Cosmopolitan will include 3,000 hotel and condominium units, a 75,000-sf casino, 300,000 sf of retail, an 1,800-seat theater, 150,000 sf of meeting space, multiple night clubs, a five-acre “beach club” and a 3,800-space underground parking garage. The 4 million-sf development is scheduled to open in September 2008. The retail component will front in Las Vegas Boulevard.

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