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Signage for the entrance of Terrible’s Hotel and Casino located in the small town of Jean, Nevada.

Former Site of Las Vegas’ Terrible’s Hotel & Casino to be Converted to Large Industrial Park

LAS VEGAS, NV – The defunct Terrible’s Hotel & Casino, which has been closed and sitting unused for two years, will be demolished and the property used to construct a large-scale industrial park, according to an announcement by a Reno developer.

Terrible’s, which originally opened in 1987 and closed for good in 2020, was owned by the Herbst family – operators of the Terrible Herbst gas station chain – and is located about 25 miles south of Downtown Las Vegas.

Public records show that on February 24, Tolles Development Company closed on a $44.7 million deal with the Herbst family for the sale of the approximately 142.3 acres of real estate in Jean Nevada off Interstate 15 that Terrible’s Hotel & Casino sits upon.

Tolles partner Cory Hunt noted that the location is ideal for an industrial park, since truckers delivering goods from Southern California could drop off their wares and be home in what would amount to a one-day round trip, as opposed to having to travel much further into Nevada. In addition, the location already has utility service in-place due to the hotel’s presence.

Hunt said plans are in-place to develop the property into a 1.9 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution complex, with a groundbreaking possibly planned for 2023; from there, it is estimated that the industrial park would take anywhere from three to five years to construct. Clark County commissioners approved plans for the project last month.

The last construction phase of the project will involve the current Terrible’s Hotel & Casino building itself, although it is not currently yet known how the structure will be demolished. However, Hunt facetiously said that if they decide to implode it, it would be done in over-the-top “Vegas style” and that he would be happy to allow a filmmaker to record the explosion for a movie to “help us celebrate blowing it up.”

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Las Vegas Seniors

Development on Affordable Housing Project for Las Vegas Seniors Begins, Reports Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – Addressing concerns over cost-of-living increases in Southern Nevada in recent years, a developer has begun construction on an affordable housing project targeting Las Vegas senior citizens in the east section of the valley, a vulnerable population that is often neglected when it comes to housing options in their price range.

According to the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (NHSSN), ground was broken on “The Golden Rule Senior Apartments” on Eastern Avenue on Thursday of last week, which – once completed – will provide 60 rental units for very low-to-moderate-income seniors.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has stated over the course of the last several years that the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise metropolitan area has offered the lowest amount of housing options for renters with limited means, with only 16 out of every 100 homes built catering to those in lower income brackets, reports say.

The Golden Rule apartment complex – located at 820 N. Eastern Avenue – is expected to be completed by February 2023, according to Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy, who said that Las Vegas needs to address the housing needs of its senior population.

“Too many of our seniors are struggling as rents and the cost of living in Las Vegas increase,” he said. “I’m very happy that we were able to contribute financially toward the completion of this project, which will house those with little income and provide needed social support for these residents.”

The project is being funded with $600,000 in Account for Affordable Housing Trust funds (AAHTF), $828,000 in National Housing Trust Funds from the State of Nevada (NHTF), $675,000 in the form of a permanent loan from Chase Bank, $1.9 million from the City of Las Vegas, and $12.3 million from private investor Boston Financial.

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.

Circus Circus

Northern Las Vegas Strip in Midst of Long-Awaited Turnaround as Multiple Construction Projects Take Shape

LAS VEGAS, NV – The north edge of the Las Vegas Strip was in the midst of multiple construction and development projects that – with the arrival of the mid-2000’s economic recession – instead resulted in huge empty tracts of land and little-to-no foot traffic. The vibrancy and excitement of the Strip had failed to carry to the end of Las Vegas’ casino corridor… until now, it seems.

Originally, plans for megaresorts and other projects were slated for the north edge of the Strip, but the recession stalled these plans indefinitely; however, new development is finally being spearheaded, and local residents are hopeful that the turnaround they’ve been long hoping for is finally set to take place.

In June 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas – a $4.3 billion casino and resort – opened for business, representing the first new resort constructed at the northern end of the Strip in over ten years. Fontainebleau Las Vegas, derailed by the recession, is finally back under development and is slated to finally open in late 2023, after being purchased once again by its original developer. And finally, a $1 billion, 1.4 million-square-foot expansion Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall was completed and opened in June 2021.

In addition to projects that have been started from scratch, there are others that are centering on pre-existing properties that are currently being renovated or upgraded in some way, such as the Sahara Las Vegas, which is remodeling its 1,100 rooms and pool to the tune of $150 million, along with adding new restaurants.

Also, The Strat recently finished a $110 million facelift as well – adding a new coat of polish to its rooms, casino, and restaurants – and Circus Circus expanded its arcade and carnival game area, added a new ride, and is in the middle of a $9 million renovation of their food court.

With the Las Vegas economy bouncing back and tourism picking up again in a big way with the (hopefully) final days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts are expecting the new-found interest that developers are paying to the north edge will result in the area possibly becoming the “hot side of the Strip” within the next five years.

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 Real Estate Firm Breaks Ground on 127-Room SpringHill Suites Hotel

Las Vegas Real Estate Firm Breaks Ground on 127-Room SpringHill Suites Hotel in Northern Valley

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas-based real estate firm Nigro Development held a public groundbreaking ceremony recently to signify the start of construction on SpringHill Suites, a 127-room hotel situated in the Las Vegas Valley north of the 215 Beltway at Decatur Boulevard.

According to a statement issued by the firm, construction of SpringHill Suites is slated to be completed in the first quarter of 2023, with Nigro Development President Michael Nigro saying that it will address a very real need for housing options in this part of the city.

“The southwest region of Las Vegas has developed so much in recent years, and there is an increasing need for this type of property to support those in the community as the population and visitor numbers grow, along with the new industrial businesses opening in the area,” he said.

Nigro Development is no stranger to the Las Vegas real estate scene; they are responsible for creating several mass rental properties in Southern Nevada in an effort to address the serious demand for affordable housing options as the local economy continues to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Springhill Suites by Marriott rendering. Photo credit: Ronda Churchill for Nigro.
Project rendering of Springhill Suites by Marriott. Photo credit: Ronda Churchill for Nigro.

In addition to SpringHill Suites, the company has also been responsible for constructing a Residence Inn on St. Rose Parkway in Henderson and a Fairfield Inn & Suites on Sky Pointe Drive in the northwest valley, both of which were completed in 2019. In addition, the firm also broke ground on a 119-room TownePlace Suites in North Las Vegas in 2020; that project is slated to be finished and open for business in the spring of 2022.

“With over 600,000 square feet of space currently under management for investor partners, Nigro Properties has proven success in the property management realm,” Nigro’s website states. “Nigro Properties ongoing objective entails providing first class environments for conducting business while attracting and maintaining satisfied tenants. Nigro Properties’ staff never ‘rests on its laurels.’ They are steadfast in their quest to maintain the highest levels of quality customer service in Las Vegas, always fostering positive tenant relations and exceeding expectations.”

Feature photo: Todd Nigro, Brian Paulson, Michael Nigro, Dave Voiss, Mike Cook, Cory Frank pose during the ground breaking at Decatur Commons and going vertical ceremony for Springhill Suites. Photo credit: Ronda Churchill for Nigro.

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.

Tropicana Resort

Las Vegas’ Tropicana Resort Facing Potential Redevelopment, Demolition After Sale

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Tropicana – a famous hotel-casino from the Rat Pack era – is in the process of being sold this year to casino operator Bally’s Corporation, and is reportedly facing an uncertain future that could include either extensive redevelopment or even complete demolition to make way for an entirely new establishment.

According to Bally’s Chairman Soohyung Kim, they are currently weighing all possibilities for the Tropicana’s future, although the corporation will “almost certainly” rename the property under the Bally’s brand and will redevelop it in some manner, although literally “knocking it down and starting over” has not been ruled out either in order to “maximize value.”

There is already a Bally’s resort in Las Vegas; however, Caesars Entertainment announced recently that they would be renaming their Bally’s resort on the Strip to the “Horseshoe Las Vegas,” thus freeing up the Bally’s name to be used for the soon-to-be-former Tropicana instead.

In April 2021, Bally’s announced it entered a deal to acquire The Tropicana from Gaming and Leisure Properties in a deal valued at $308 million. Bally’s acquisition of Tropicana is expected to close early this year, with Gaming and Leisure Properties retaining ownership of the land underneath the property for an initial 50-year lease.

In April of 1957, the Tropicana opened with 300 rooms, and had ties to organized crime; today, in its current form, the resort features 1,470-rooms, 50,000 square-feet of gaming floor space, and 72,000 square-feet of convention and exhibit space.

Numerous movies and television shows have filmed scenes at the famed Tropicana, including the 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas, the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever – Sean Connery’s 007 is seen checking in, declaring “I hear that the Hotel Tropicana is quite comfortable” – The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, the TV show Charlie’s Angels in the 1978 episode “Angels in Vegas,” and many more.

Photo: Exterior view of the famous Tropicana on December 28, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File: Kit Leong, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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

Brightline Announces Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles High-Speed Railway Back on Track, Extension Possibly Included

LAS VEGAS, NV – The oft-delayed Brightline West high-speed railway system between Las Vegas and Southern Los Angeles that has been long-gestating once again is being heralded as back on-track, along with a potential extension into an additional L.A. suburb that would open up an additional region of California to Southern Nevada.

Following a series of delays that, as our last report, had construction slated to begin in 2021, the Miami-based Brightline West – the only private passenger rail company in the country – is now anticipating an early 2023 start on construction which would include an additional 49-mile extension into California’s Rancho Cucamonga suburb, pending final federal approval which is expected by November 2022.

This additional extra extension would connect into the original, previously-approved 216-mile railway from California’s Victor Valley to Las Vegas and would feature trains that travel between 180 and 200 miles-per-hour. With the Rancho Cucamonga extension – which would connect to downtown Los Angeles via an existing commuter train – the length of the electrified railway leading to Vegas would be extended to a total of 265 miles.

In a statement, Brightline noted that the high-speed railway system between Las Vegas and L.A. would generate jobs, help to reduce pollution, and deliver convenience for commuters.

“Brightline looks forward to working with the Federal Railroad Administration on finalizing the permitting process and making this America’s high-speed-rail showcase system,” they said. “Brightline West is the most shovel-ready project in the nation and provides the best opportunity for this country to have a new high-speed rail system within the next few years, achieving success for this administration’s goals related to jobs, climate and equity.”

Currently, the projected launch date of passenger rail service for this line is in 2026, with an estimated total development cost of $8 billion. The finished rail line would result in a 34-mile stretch of track in Nevada running along Interstate 15, ending at a station located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Royal Links Golf Club

Shuttered Royal Links Golf Club Purchased for Over $33 Million; Plans for 1,600 Homes to be Built on Site

LAS VEGAS, NV – A developer in Las Vegas that had purchased a defunct golf course late last year has just announced plans to construct a large number of residential homes upon the property, in an effort to address the sky-high demand for living options in the Southern Nevada region.

On December 23, 2021, Touchstone Living paid $33.7 million to acquire the shuttered Royal Links Golf Club from Scottsdale Golf Group founder Shelby Futch, whose firm operated Royal Links and had recently closed down the business; the very last day members were able to tee-off was December 17, as per their website.

However, Touchstone founder Tom McCormick announced this week that he would be developing the approximately 162-acre property – located along Vegas Valley Drive about a mile east of Nellis Boulevard – by constructing over 1,600 homes upon it.

In early January, work crews already began the task of removing the golf course itself, a process that will be done in phases as trees and property are relocated around the perimeter of the new community.

McCormick noted that home construction will also be completed in phases, with an initial 1,298 homes – all attached 2-story residences – slated to be built on the main 130-acre section of Royal Links south of Vegas Valley Drive; in addition, 25 acres of the land in the section will be allocated for development into community parks.

In addition, McCormick said that another 320 homes will be constructed on the 32 acres that make up Royal Links north of Vegas Valley Drive; however, all plans for that part of the community are not yet completed and are subject to potential change.

Touchstone’s development is intended to bring lower-priced housing to the Las Vegas market, amid rising home and rent prices that are growing concerns about long-term affordability in the region.

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.

Allegiant

“Unique Opportunity” As Development Expected Near Allegiant Stadium Amid Super Bowl 2024 Announcement

LAS VEGAS, NV – Amid the announcement that Allegiant Stadium – home of the newly-transplanted NFL Las Vegas Raiders football team – would be hosting the Super Bowl in 2024, expectations of business and residential development and growth in the surrounding area to take advantage of the expected influx of visitors to the region has hit an all-time high.

Currently, the area surrounding Allegiant Stadium is made up of mostly commercial buildings, but as of the 2024 Super Bowl announcement, experts are expecting that will change as quickly to take advantage of the incoming tourist-related sporting activity that is expected in the wake of the 2024 NFL Super Bowl.

An agent that just sold a building directly around the corner from Allegiant Stadium, Ross Fabrizio, was recently interviewed by Las Vegas 8 News Now, and noted that the upcoming mainstream sporting activity in Vegas has the ability to transform the area around Allegiant Stadium into a unique money-making opportunity for all involved.

“The Raiders and Allegiant Stadium gave [my buyer] an opportunity for him to move his business elsewhere and take advantage of the situation,” Fabrizio said. “I think you will see some transition, that is a really tight timeline. This is a ‘make it happen’ kind of town if you have a dream in the morning you can make it happen in the evening, that is the Las Vegas way.”

According to County Commissioner Michael Naft, the area round Allegiant Stadium had been originally approved to be a more pedestrian-friendly area with restaurants and entertainment venues; however, with the recent announcement of the 2024 Super Bowl coming to Vegas, those plans may be fast-tracked in order to bring them to fruition as soon as possible.

Naft said that he expects more businesses to re-locate to the area round Allegiant Stadium as the 2024 Super Bowl comes closer and closer to kick-off time.

“We continue to work with business owners in the area who want to go through a transition, some of it is going to happen naturally, some of it is going to happen with us encouraging it to happen,” he said. “10 years ago that was largely a warehouse district, as more and more events take place like the Super Bowl, the makeup of the surrounding areas is going to change over time.”

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.

Bascom Group

200-Unit Las Vegas Multifamily Property Purchased by Bascom Group for Over $40 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Bascom Group – a significant player as of late in the Southern Nevada real estate scene – has announced the purchase of Sun Chase, a 200-unit multifamily property in Las Vegas for over $40 million.

Scott McClave, Bascom’s Senior Principal of Acquisitions, noted that the purchase was driven by the city’s continued population and employment growth and the subsequent – and continuing – high demand for apartment rental options.

“Sun Chase is a highly desirable asset as it was previously owner-managed with a focus on maintaining occupancy,” he said. “This acquisition offers tremendous opportunity to optimize property operations through institutional property management and a focused renovation program. Macro factors such as population growth, employment growth and diversification, and an ongoing housing supply/demand imbalance continue to a foster a highly favorable rental market.”

Bascom purchased Sun Chase for $40,500,000, which translates to $202,000 per unit; the firm stated that Apartment Management Consultants would be providing property management services for their tenants.

Originally built in 1984, Sun Chase is described as a “low density” apartment community, consisting of one and two-bedroom units with many of its floorplans including private patios or balconies. In addition, the complex includes many amenities for residents, including a fitness center, resident clubhouse, pool / BBQ area, and a putting green.

Upon their purchase of the community, Bascom announced that they would be sinking a significant sum of money into the property in an attempt to “modernize” it; renovations to the fitness center, clubhouse, and pool areas are planned, and the putting green is slated to be repurposed into a landscaped park area for residents that will feature a shaded play structure, BBQ station, and seating areas.

Sun Chase is located in the vicinity of multiple attractions in the Las Vegas valley, including the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the Hughes Center, and the newly-built Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders.

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.

Shore Club in Miami Beach

Former Owner of Las Vegas’ Fontainebleau Announces New Project

LAS VEGAS, NV – Steve Witkoff, a former developer of the Las Vegas Fontainebleau resort – which has since progressed in his absence – has announced a new project in Florida this year.

Developer Steve Witkoff has trumpeted a new project, which will be to redevelop the Shore Club in Miami Beach in 2021. The hotel – situated within two miles of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, which has the same current owner as its Las Vegas counterpart – closed at the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic and has remained shuttered ever since.

Both the Shore Club and the Fontainebleau are located on Collins Avenue, a hotel-specific thoroughfare which mainly features establishments and lodging that caters to beach partiers. Witkoff’s company has plans in-place to destroy portions of the Shore Club complex and reduce the overall number of its rooms. In addition – according to plans filed this fall with the city of Miami Beach– Witkoff intends to construct a residential tower as well.

The buyers did not disclose in a recent press release what exactly will be built upon the site for the project’s estimated cost of $94 million, but they noted that the 4.7-acre site — located near a train station, a pro basketball arena, and several high-rises — has zoning that allows for 60-plus stories and a combination of residential and commercial uses.

Prior to this deal, Witkoff had claimed ownership of one of Las Vegas’ tallest buildings when he purchased the still under-construction Fontainebleau Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in 2017 for $600 million. However, the hotel resort’s original developer then re-acquired the project in February 2021 from Witkoff – which at that point was still unfinished – and announced plans in November to finally open the establishment in 2023.

The Fontainebleau Las Vegas will mostly adhere to the original vision that was laid out for it back when the project was first envisioned in 2007, 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, and other amenities. Once completed, the project will provide approximately 6,000 full-time employees, which will greatly add to Las Vegas’ blossoming job market.

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

Las Vegas Home, Apartment Contractors Reporting High Costs, Supply Chain Issues

LAS VEGAS, NV – Despite their efforts to combat the high demand for housing and apartment options in the Southern Nevada region for the past year-and-a-half, developers in Las Vegas have reported numerous impediments in their pathways, in particular high costs and supply-chain issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the housing market in Las Vegas remaining super-hot, experts say, delays brought about by supply chain disruptions have spelled costly issues for developers throughout the region. As a result, contactors in Las Vegas have noted that building and renovating homes and rental units in the region has been “10 times more difficult than two years ago”, despite the intense demand.

With materials hard to come by, the costs of construction have been elevated by several degrees beyond what they would have been prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Nat Hodgson, the director of the Home Builders Association of Southern Nevada.

“Everything you can imagine that goes into a house (is affected), because people say can you give me a list of what’s hard to get? It’s like it depends on what day of the week it is,” he said.

While overall, construction materials have jumped over 14 percent compared to what they would have cost a year or so ago, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders. Lumber in particular – a primary component of home construction – has significantly increased in demand – with a top price of $1,600 on the NASDAQ during summer of 2021, for the first time ever, before settling on the still-high price of $1,100 during recent months.

John Compagno, president of Renovations of Las Vegas Inc., said that the scarcity of materials presents challenges, but the continued affordability of homes in the region has remained constant, and workarounds mean that construction projects can continue for the time being.

“Although things are challenging at times with the lack of workmen and the cost of materials, on the flip side we’re very, very busy. So, it’s somewhat of an offset,” he said.

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.

Guitar-Shaped Hotel

Hard Rock Announces Plans to Construct Guitar-Shaped Hotel on Las Vegas Strip As Part Of $1 Billion Deal

LAS VEGAS, NV – Hard Rock International announced last week that, as a part of a whopping $1 billion deal, they are intending to construct an elaborate guitar-shaped hotel on the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Hard Rock will be purchasing The Mirage’s operations side from MGM Resorts International in a deal worth over $1 billion in cold, hard cash; part of that deal will see the development of a fancy new hotel that is sure to live up to Hard Rock’s rock-and-roll reputation.

The hotel is slated to take the form of the purple-hued tower hotel in the shape of a guitar, with six bright light beams penetrating upward into the night, which will represent strings on the neck of a guitar. The hotel will be located directly next to The Mirage, which will be rebranded and renamed as the Hard Rock.

Hard Rock should fit in nicely with the plethora of themed hotels and resorts that Las Vegas is known for, such as the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and The Mirage’s volcano. However, currently, the announcement of this new venture is still early and no concrete details have been revealed yet about the project, according to Hard Rock spokeswoman Gina Morales.

“I wish we had more to share, but at this stage, we are not ready to discuss details on the design, development and timeline of the Las Vegas construction project,” she said in a statement, adding that the “first order of priority is to be respectful of the process of gaming regulatory approvals and the closing.”

Approvals and permits are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022, Morales said, with development expected to commence shortly afterward.

Hard Rock International – owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida – operates restaurants, casinos, hotels and other venues around the world; the organization owns a 450-foot-tall guitar-shaped hotel tower in Florida, which is similar in appearance as the one planned for the Las Vegas Strip.

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.