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LAS VEGAS-MGM Mirage has a new CityCenter web site up and running this week. The site, citycenter.com, comes one month in advance of the $9-billion, 17-million-square-foot development opening to the public.

Tucked onto 67 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, the project is a 50-50 joint venture of locally based casino operator MGM Mirage Corp. and Dubai World, a conglomerate of businesses and projects controlled by the Dubai Government.

The project is anchored by Aria, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort at the back of the site and Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district that opens onto the Las Vegas Strip. In between are three non-gaming hotels–the 400-unit Mandarin Oriental, 1,495-room Vdara condo-hotel and spa and the 400-room Harmon Hotel–and the development’s only strictly residential buildings, the 674-unit Veer Towers.

As of this week, all of the components within CityCenter next month have been certified LEED-Gold by the US Green Building Council. Aria and Vdara, the first Las Vegas hotels to achieve LEED-Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, were certified earlier this year along with Crystals. This week, MGM Mirage said the Mandarin Oriental and Veer Towers recently were certified as well.

The development was designed by eight architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli; Kohn Pedersen Fox; Helmut Jahn; RV Architecture LLC, led by Rafael Vinoly; Foster + Partners; Studio Daniel Libeskind; David Rockwell and Rockwell Group; and Gensler.

CityCenter also boasts a monorail to move people between Monte Carlo, Crystals and Bellagio, an Elvis Presley-themed Cirque du Soleil production, and a fine art collection with works by Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen and others.

The project is on track to open in stages between December 1, when Vdara opens, and December 16, when Aria opens. Crystals is slated to open on December 3, Mandarin Oriental on December 4. Move-in for the condominiums that have sold is scheduled to begin in mid-January 2010. The Harmon, which suffered from construction problems that cost the tower its condo component, is slated to open in late 2010.

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