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MSG Sphere

MSG Entertainment Considering Sale of Tao Restaurant Chain to Fund Las Vegas Sphere  Development

LAS VEGAS, NV – Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) is currently mulling over the possibility of selling their high-end Tao restaurant and nightclub chain in order to help fund the construction of their ongoing MSG Sphere entertainment venue in Las Vegas, as construction costs have continued spiraling ever-higher as the long-gestating project finally nears completion.

MSGE has reportedly engaged the services of multinational investment bank and financial services company Goldman Sachs to assist with the potential sale of Tao Group, which would include 17 restaurants, nightclubs, day clubs and pool lounges in Las Vegas. Among the local venues that would be part of the proposed sale would include Tao Nightclub and Tao Asian Bistro at The Venetian, Hakkasan at MGM Grand, and Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

In addition, Tao also operates venues in London, Singapore, Dubai, and New York City.

The potential Tao Group sale comes amid the skyrocketing budget of the MSG Sphere project, which has currently swelled to $2.17 billion, surpassing Allegiant Stadium as the Las Vegas’ priciest entertainment venue ever.

When completed, the 17,500-seat MSG Sphere will be a 400,000-square-foot, 18,000-seat, 360-foot-tall globe-shaped arena on 63 acres of property located behind the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The exterior of the sphere will feature 36 miles of variable intensity LED lighting – known as an exosphere – enabling the structure to allow outside spectators to peer through a transparent façade to watch the concert within; at higher lighting intensities, outside vision will be obscured.

The venue will cater to musical performances and concerts; however, the occasional boxing or MMA contest could be held there as well, according to Madison Square Garden Co.

The MSG Sphere was initially scheduled to open in 2021, although it was later delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; it is now slated to open in the second half of 2023.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Suicidal Tendencies

Get Ready to Slam-Dance In Las Vegas: New Punk Rock Museum to Open for 2023

LAS VEGAS, NV – Summoning images of anti-authority, slam-dancing men and women in leather jackets sporting outrageous, multi-colored hairdos, The Punk Rock Museum is slated to mosh its way into Las Vegas with an anticipated opening date of March 2023, offering an experience to music fans like none ever seen before.

Brought to life by a group of punk rock legends known as the “Punk Collective” – including NOFX’s Fat Mike, Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge, Bryan Ray Turcotte, Vinnie Fiorello, and more – The Punk Rock Museum, currently under construction, will offer music fans “the world’s most expansive, inclusive, and intimate display of artifacts, fliers, photos, clothing, instruments, handwritten lyrics, artwork, and just about everything else donated by the people and bands who were there.“

The 12,000 square-foot facility will offer a plethora of memorabilia and artifacts representing one of the most turbulent music genres ever conceived, including handwritten lyrics, instruments – which will not only be viewable by guests, but actually playable as well – clothing, photos, flyers, and artwork representing some of the biggest names in punk rock, such as Blondie, Sum 41, Rise Against, Devo, and more.

In addition to serving as a chronicle of punk rock history and the people who made it happen, the museum will also offer a bar, tattoo parlor, wedding chapel, jam room, and a variety of other experiences for guests to indulge in.

The Punk Rock Museum was originally slated to open on January 13, but a series of construction delays have pushed that date back to March 10. Upon opening, visitors will actually be taken on guided tours of the museum by punk icons such as Louiche Mayorga from Suicidal Tendencies, Noodles from The Offspring, Stacey Dee from Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Don Bolles from The Germs/45 Graves, Greg Hetson from Circle Jerks/Punk Rock Karaoke, Warren Fitzgerald from The Vandals, and Zach Blair from Rise Against. 

“Everyone who books one of these tours will hear stories no one else has heard before, from the people who lived them,” the museum’s website says.

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View of the Drew Las Vegas hotel construction plot

Fontainebleau Developer Acquires $2.2 Billion Loan to Complete Long-Stalled Resort Project

LAS VEGAS, NV – The developer of the Fontainebleau Hotel and Casino announced this week that they have acquired a $2.2 billion construction loan to finally complete the project following a protracted – and extremely bumpy – development history. 

The long-gestating Fontainebleau project – located on the northern part of the famed Las Vegas Strip and originally scheduled to open in 2009 – finally resumed construction in November 2021 after it was re-acquired by its original developer after changing hands several times over the years. 

Jeffrey Soffer, chairman and CEO of Florida-based Fontainebleau Development, set out to finish what he began 12 years ago after he put the brakes on the resort due to lack of funding, despite it already being 75 percent completed at the time. 

Fontainebleau Development had originally begun building the resort in 2007, but it was indefinitely halted two years later by the recession, forcing the project into bankruptcy. In 2010, Icahn NV Gaming Acquisition LLC purchased the Fontainebleau for $150 million, and then sold it off to developer Steve Witkoff for $600 million in 2017. Witkoff originally envisioned a 2022 completion date; however, that was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From there, the Fontainebleau sat unfinished for years until Fontainebleau Development re-acquired the project and resumed construction in 2021; currently, the resort is now expected to be finished in late 2023, following Soffer’s securement this week of $2.2 billion in new funding. 

When the resort is completed, it will be operated by the company’s subsidiary, Bowtie Hospitality LLC. 

The Fontainebleau will mostly adhere to the original vision that was laid out for it back when the project was first announced and will consist of a 67-story tower containing 3,780 hotel rooms and suites, 550,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, a casino, restaurants, retail, health and wellness spaces, and other amenities. The resort is expected to provide approximately 6,000 full-time jobs, which will greatly add to Las Vegas’ economy. 

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Las Vegas MSG Sphere

MSG Sphere, Still in Development, Becomes Most-Expensive Las Vegas Entertainment Venue Ever at $2.17 Billion

LAS VEGAS, NV – The MSG Sphere, the high-tech entertainment venue that has been under construction off of the famed Las Vegas Strip since its initial groundbreaking in September 2018, has encountered a series of financial overruns during its development saga that has caused it to exceed Allegiant Stadium as the city’s priciest entertainment venue ever.

Originally, Madison Square Garden Co. – in conjunction with partner Las Vegas Sands Corp. – had estimated the cost of the high-tech stadium at $1.2 billion; however, the initial general contractor of the project, AECOM, later announced that costs were more likely in the range of $1.7 billion. Madison Square Garden took over as general contractor in December 2020, although AECOM continued to provide support.

Costs have ballooned in the four years since the groundbreaking, however, and are now estimated to be a whopping $2.17 billion, taking the title of the costliest entertainment venue in Las Vegas away from the $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium.

The 17,500-seat auditorium was initially scheduled to open in 2021, but construction was suspended in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; construction resumed later that year, with the venue now slated to open in the second half of 2023.

When completed, the MSG Sphere will be a 400,000-square-foot, 18,000-seat, 360-foot-tall globe-shaped arena on 63 acres of property located behind the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The exterior of the sphere will feature 36 miles of variable intensity LED lighting – known as an exosphere – enabling the structure to allow outside spectators to peer through a transparent façade to watch the concert within; at higher lighting intensities, outside vision will be obscured.

The venue will cater to musical performances and concerts; however, the occasional boxing or MMA contest could be held there as well, according to Madison Square Garden Co.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Alpine Motel Fire Las Vegas

Former Las Vegas Alpine Motel Apartments Rebuilt After Fire, Rechristened DLUX Lofts

LAS VEGAS, NV – After a deadly fire three years ago that resulted in 6 dead, 13 injured, and dozens of families without a home, the former Alpine Motel Apartments has finally been rebuilt and rechristened as DLUX Lofts, with the new property owner pouring $3 million into the facility’s rehabilitation.

DLUX Lofts isn’t merely a recreation of the original three-story, 42-unit apartment complex that was all-but destroyed during an early-morning fire on December 21, 2019; it represents a significant overhaul, not only in terms of making it safe to occupy once again, but also due to a cutting-edge tech upgrade as well.

The building features a full redevelopment of the original structure, including a new sprinkler system throughout the entire complex – in both the hallways and in each apartment – as well as new utilities, new windows, a new roof, and new flooring.

All of the apartments – which range in size from 300 to 400 square-feet – have been given a luxury makeover, boasting amenities such as stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, built-in bluetooth speakers, fingerprint and bluetooth-enabled door locks, a smartphone-compatible video-intercom access system, and high-speed WiFi internet access.

Despite all of the shiny new features, the units at DLUX Lofts are surprisingly affordable, with rents expected to be in the neighborhood of $1,150 to $1,350, a price that includes all utilities – such as water, electricity, and internet – as well.

The apartment complex rising from the ashes comes after what was described as the deadliest building fire in the history of Las Vegas, which saw tenants jumping from the windows of their second-and-third story apartments in a desperate bid to escape the flames.

Surviving residents stated that the building – which previously had no sprinkler system at all – had a history of failed fire inspections, and at the time of the blaze had not had any inspections at all for two years. Afterwards, investigators found over 40 fire code violations, in addition to asbestos contained throughout the structure.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Brightline West

2023 Groundbreaking Expected for High-Speed Railway from LA to Vegas; Could Remove “Millions” of Cars from I-15

LAS VEGAS, NV – The upcoming high-speed railway system between Las Vegas and Southern Los Angeles – which has been gestating for a number of years now, having been plagued by a series of delays – has finally seen some forward momentum, as reports indicate that developer Brightline West is now ‘on-track’ to officially break ground on the project in 2023.

With the groundbreaking originally announced to take place back in 2020, the $8 billion project, once completed, will take the form of a 34-mile stretch of track in Nevada running along Interstate 15 and ending at a station located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

This line would be fed by several lines from various locations in California, resulting in a total of approximately 185 miles of track overall. Travelers from Las Vegas would be able to continue from the system to Los Angeles via the Metrolink, which would effectively link Las Vegas with L.A. via a 75-minute trip.

Brightline is boasting that the railway could be responsible for removing “millions” of cars from the I-15, which would go a long way towards reducing pollution.

“The environmental assessment underscores the positive environmental impact of utilizing the I-15 for high-speed rail and is a significant step in the process to receive the key approval to begin construction,” the company said in a statement.

Funding for the project is slated to come from several sources, with Brightline applying for federal grants and private activity bonds in both Nevada and California; in addition, funding could be procured from the recently-passed federal infrastructure bill, part of which is earmarked to support rail projects.

The Brightline West railway project has been long-delayed due to several reasons, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects upon financial markets to the 2020 presidential election and the economic uncertainty that it created at the time.

If the project finally proceeds in 2023, the expected completion date would is expected to be in 2027.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Formula One

Apartment Complex Hits Las Vegas Market for Near $189 Million After Word of Coming Race Track

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Harmon at 370, an apartment complex located near the famed Las Vegas Strip and adjacent to a large tract of vacant land that Formula One is currently developing into a new racetrack, has been listed for sale, with the property’s new landlord asking for the hefty sum of nearly $189 million.

Previously, the complex had been known as Harbor Island Apartments, and residents had grown quite used to the large plot of land next door – especially since its perpetual state of disuse had resulted in a sustained state of peace and quiet.

However, the 21.4-acre site at 370 East Harmon Avenue – situated approximately one mile east of the Strip – sold to Laguna Point Properties in the spring for $126 million, at which time it was rechristened The Harmon at 370; at the same time as that purchase, Formula One was in the process of buying the empty plot next door.

Greg Campbell, a founding principal with Laguna Point Properties, said that he started getting inquiries about selling the apartment complex before his company had even finished closing on the deal, as the news of a Formula One racetrack being built next door had generated a great deal of hype.

They get a whole following of people who want to be around them,” Campbell said of Formula One; with that being the case, it didn’t take long for Laguna Point Properties to put the property they had just purchased back on the market, and at a much higher price point than they themselves had paid.

The Harmon at 370 is being marketed as being “suitable for hotel, resort, retail and mixed-use development,” and is expected to be demolished if sold, with the property expected to be developed into something that caters more towards Formula One fans and general tourists, as opposed to long-term housing.

Formula One announced in March that it would hold a 50-lap Grand Prix in Las Vegas in November 2023; the track that is currently in the works will, upon completion, run for 3.8 miles, with racers expected to hit top speeds of 212 miles per hour.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

red rock resorts

Station Casinos Announces $24 Million Sale of Plot of Land Adjacent to Las Vegas Durango

LAS VEGAS, NV – Station Casinos, a hotel and casino company based in suburb of Summerlin South, has announced the nearly $24 million sale of a plot of land they had owned in Southwest Las Vegas that is adjacent to their currently in-development Durango Hotel and Casino resort.

The plot of land sold consists of 21.3 acres just to the west of the Durango, and was purchased by Las Vegas apartment developer Ovation Development Corporation for a total of $23.9 million; the sale closed last week, according to property records.

The Durango Resort began construction in early 2022, and is being developed at the intersection of Durango Drive and Interstate 215 in the southwest Las Vegas valley. The $750 million hotel-casino is estimated to be completed by fall 2023, and will boast a 73,000 square-foot casino, sportsbook, a 200-room hotel, four restaurants, and meeting space.

Station Casinos had originally purchased a 71-acre plot of land at the site, of which 50 acres is devoted to the Durango project; Station’s parent company, Red Rock Resorts, had previously announced that they would sell off the remaining redundant acreage, saying it would most likely be going to the developer of a multifamily residential project.

The location of the Durango is proving to be in a fast-growing part of Southern Nevada, and an additional apartment complex – especially one situated in a bustling, touristy section of the city – would go a long way to helping address the housing shortage plaguing the region.

This isn’t the first time Station and Ovation have conducted business; previously, the developer had purchased a five-acre lot in Henderson from the company in fall 2021 in order to build a 55-and-older residential complex.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

uncommons

Las Vegas “UnCommons” Multi-Use Project Begins Apartment Construction Phase

LAS VEGAS, NV – UnCommons – a large mixed-used facility currently under development in southwestern Las Vegas – has officially entered the apartment construction phase of its development – known as phase 2 – after having fully leased the office buildings that were erected during the first phase.

Upon completion, UnCommons – located at Durango Drive and the 215 Beltway in the southwest valley – will essentially be a mini-city within a city, consisting of 500,000 square feet of offices, in addition to restaurants, health and fitness studios, relaxation options, and over 830 residential units.

The concept behind the $400 million project is that it will be a space where the various employees working for the businesses located there will have numerous solutions to all of their needs – living space, entertainment, exercise, and more – right at their fingertips.

UnCommons was announced in early 2019 and broke ground in summer 2020, and according to Matter Real Estate Group – the company behind its development – the project has officially begun work on its first 352-unit apartment complex, dubbed Vestra, which is slated to be available for move-ins in March 2023.

A second apartment complex, the 454-unit Domus, is currently in its design phase.

Matter has finished and fully leased two office buildings – with tenants including CBRE Group, Morgan Stanley and DraftKings – and is in the process of building two more; in addition, multiple restaurants and entertainment venues are slated to open in 2023 as well, including The Coffee Class, Smitten Ice Cream, SoulBelly, Saint Honoré Doughnuts and a sports bar called General Admission.

When completed, UnCommons is expected to be a boon for its inhabitants, who will be able to access the conveniently-located public retail and entertainment options built within rather than having to commute to farther areas such as Henderson for a afternoon or evening out.

Phase 2 is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

For more information on availability and more, visit https://uncommons.com

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Las Vegas

Project Revived: Chilean Real Estate Mogul Set to Develop Resort on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, NV – Claudio Fischer, a former commercial airline pilot turned real estate millionaire, is currently attempting to bring his goal of opening a resort on the famed Las Vegas Strip into reality after being forced to place the project on the back burner when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.

Fischer is in the midst of negotiations in his native Santiago, Chile with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) President and CEO Steve Hill and Chief Financial Officer Ed Finger to purchase a 10-acre plot of land – the former location of The Riviera – located on the southeast corner of Las Vegas and Elvis Presley boulevards.

Currently, the deal being discussed is for Fischer to acquire the property for the sum of $120 million. Originally, the parties in question appeared close to cutting a deal in March 2020, but when the pandemic occurred – halting Las Vegas’ economy and shuttering its casinos for an incredible 78 days – all involved agreed to put the project on hold until things had cleared.

The land that The Riviera had once stood upon was purchased by the LVCVA in order to allow them to finish the development of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new West Hall, while leaving 10 acres of the property undeveloped with the intention of selling it down the line for a potential resort.

As the pandemic wore on, the parties kept in touch and waited for the right time to progress on the project; currently, according to Hill, the deal is slated to be closed by December 15 at the latest.

If the deal goes through, the LVCVA will still be allowed to use the land for parking and outdoor convention exhibits up until Fischer begins construction, for which he has a deadline to start of January 1, 2031; if he has not begun the project by that point, the LVCVA would then have the option to buy back the property.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Otonomus Las Vegas

Developer of Otonomus Las Vegas Apartment Complex Receive $85 Million Construction Loan

LAS VEGAS, NV – Growth Holdings, a Las Vegas-based holding company, has received a construction loan in the amount of $85 million towards the development of Otonomus Las Vegas, an apartment complex slated to be comprised of both residential and short-term rental units.

Otonomus Las Vegas is planned to be completed and to begin welcoming tenants during the fourth-quarter of 2024, and will be comprised of 303 fully-furnished units boasting numerous luxury-minded perks, such as stainless steel appliances, granite and quartz countertops, tile backsplashes and LED lighting.

The apartment complex – developed by Growth Airo 1, LLC – will take the form of a building that will be comprised five stories, and its living units will share a number of specific design aspects, such as open floor plans, 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and private balconies.

Tenants will also have access to a number of swanky amenities, such as a cutting-edge fitness facility, a clubhouse, multi-functional meeting space, three courtyards with picnic and barbecue areas, lounge areas, and two resort-style pools with cabanas.

In addition, Otonomus Las Vegas will have a retail component as well, with 38,000 square-feet being available to businesses such as restaurants, office space, and various shops, among others. The first floor of the building will be dedicated to retail, whereas the remaining second through fifth floors will be comprised of tenant living space.

Otonomus Las Vegas is being developed in collaboration with Airbnb and is being built at the corner of Decatur Boulevard and Russell Road, which is only a seven-minute drive from Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. And while first introduced in Las Vegas, Growth Holdings have indicated their plan to expand the Otonomus concept to Japan and other countries around the world in the future, if this initial endeavor is successful.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Construction Workers in Las Vegas

Construction Workers in Vegas Losing Higher Wages to Increased U.S. Inflation; Segment Hit Especially Hard

LAS VEGAS, NV – Construction workers in Las Vegas have seen increased wages throughout last year, according to a recently-released study, but unfortunately those extra earnings have been gobbled up by the 40-year high inflation that currently holds the country in its grip, essentially negating any gains that were to be had.

The study, released by Construction Coverage, indicates that Nevada residents overall have been paying an additional $805 every month on everyday expenses, ranking the state seventh in the nation in terms of the toll inflation has taken upon it.

But construction workers – of which Las Vegas boasts approximately 7,600 – have seen the 7.1 percent pay bump that they experienced in 2021 reduced to the equivalent of just 3.4 percent when inflation is taken into account, showing that this segment of the workforce has been hit especially hard by the current economic crisis.

Throughout the heightened degree of inflation that the country has been experiencing, the Construction Coverage study illustrates that wages have struggled to keep up with the financial burden being placed upon Americans. In particular, Las Vegas has been in great need of construction laborers and inflation has not only been taking its toll upon them, but the industry as a whole – not even to mention that the prices of building materials have also skyrocketed.

Despite their importance to the industry, construction workers are among the lowest-paid segment of real estate development, with the median annual income being about $37,770; in contrast, Las Vegas construction laborers make an average of $37,500 a year, so any gains that are swallowed up by inflation are hurting these workers in the wallet more than usual.

U.S. Cities With the Largest Wage Increases for Construction Laborers [2022 Edition]
Construction Coverage: U.S. Cities With the Largest Wage Increases for Construction Laborers [2022 Edition]

Nevada recently ranked 28th in the country for gains in construction laborer wages, whereas Indiana and Montana had the largest increases in wages in the industry.

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