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August 27, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Harmon Hotel, which was to have been one of CityCenter's lodging choices when the complex opened almost four years ago, can be demolished, a judge has ruled. It's unclear what will happen to the prime piece of real estate on which the never-opened Harmon sits in CityCenter , a project estimated to have cost $8.5 billion when it opened in December 2009. District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez on Friday approved CityCenter's petition to tear down the 26-story structure, acknowledging the public safety risk if the building were to collapse during an earthquake.
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August 27, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Harmon Hotel, which was to have been one of CityCenter's lodging choices when the complex opened almost four years ago, can be demolished, a judge has ruled. It's unclear what will happen to the prime piece of real estate on which the never-opened Harmon sits in CityCenter , a project estimated to have cost $8.5 billion when it opened in December 2009. District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez on Friday approved CityCenter's petition to tear down the 26-story structure, acknowledging the public safety risk if the building were to collapse during an earthquake.
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BUSINESS
January 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
MGM Mirage and Dubai World postponed the opening of one hotel and canceled a condominium development at their CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip to trim costs and "maximize" returns in a declining market. Scrapping the Harmon residential condos saves $200 million, and opening the Harmon Hotel and Spa at the end of 2010 or later defers another $200 million, providing cash-flow relief for both partners, Chief Executive James Murren said. Gambling revenue on the Strip, where MGM Mirage owns 10 casinos, faces an extended slump amid the global financial downturn.
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December 14, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Where Harmon Avenue slices through this town's incandescent Strip, two neighboring casino complexes mark the waning days of the Las Vegas boom ? and the hope for a rebound. The dual-towered Cosmopolitan, which opens Wednesday, is owned by German bankers who foreclosed on its original developer. The property flaunts book-adorned suites (one tome explores Joni Mitchell's "blue period") and a sly sense of humor (near some "eye in the sky" security cameras: a mural of an eye). FOR THE RECORD: Vegas casinos: A graphic in the Dec. 14 Section A accompanying an article about tourism on the Las Vegas Strip showed the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel as opening in the 2000s.
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November 26, 2010 | Jane Engle, Assistant Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Two hotels at the swank, $8.5-billion  CityCenter Las Vegas complex have pulled off quite a feat: earning the top AAA rating, Five Diamonds, in their first year of operation. The 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino and the 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas opened in December 2009 at the 67-acre complex -- which also includes the 1,495-room Vdara Hotel & Spa , private residences, restaurants and luxury shops -- along the Las Vegas Strip. The Harmon Hotel, originally scheduled to open there this year, is on hold; more about that  below.
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December 14, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Where Harmon Avenue slices through this town's incandescent Strip, two neighboring casino complexes mark the waning days of the Las Vegas boom ? and the hope for a rebound. The dual-towered Cosmopolitan, which opens Wednesday, is owned by German bankers who foreclosed on its original developer. The property flaunts book-adorned suites (one tome explores Joni Mitchell's "blue period") and a sly sense of humor (near some "eye in the sky" security cameras: a mural of an eye). FOR THE RECORD: Vegas casinos: A graphic in the Dec. 14 Section A accompanying an article about tourism on the Las Vegas Strip showed the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel as opening in the 2000s.
TRAVEL
December 5, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Las Vegas If you take stock of the Vegas landscape, it's no wonder several Las Vegas clubs are hosting "good riddance to 2010" New Year's Eve parties. The construction cranes atop the flashy but bankrupt Fontainebleau resort, between the Sahara and the Riviera, haven't moved in months. Opposite the Riviera, plywood-covered fences try to hide the foundations for Echelon, a CityCenter wannabe whose owners have pulled the plug, at least temporarily. And at CityCenter, the multi-billion-dollar hotel/retail behemoth that debuted a year ago, the problem-plagued Harmon Hotel will not open this month as expected.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2010 | By Valli Herman
Packed into 67 acres between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio casino hotels, CityCenter is billed not just as the Las Vegas Strip's next evolutionary phase, but also as a spectacle capable of pulling the region's tourism from its death spiral. Yet with nearly 5,900 new luxury hotel rooms to fill, that spiral may be intensifying. Between Dec. 1 and 16, the developers unveiled the 1,495-guest room Vdara, the 392-guest room Mandarin Oriental, and the 4,004-guest room Aria Resort & Casino and its 17 restaurants and cafes.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2008 | From Times Wires Services
MGM Mirage Inc. officials building the CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas Strip say rooms in three of its hotels will use advanced technology to let guests customize their room environment. The company says guests at the $9.1-billion complex expected to open next year will be able to save settings for the lights, television, sound system and curtains, and have the room "recognize" them and adjust when they guest enter. The sophisticated technology will be used in the Aria casino-hotel and non-gambling hotels the Mandarin Oriental and the Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences, MGM Mirage construction chief Bobby Baldwin said.
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July 26, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Just admit it: How many times have you gazed up at a crew of window washers and had your blood turn to water and told yourself, "No way, no how, would I do that job”? You could fall, or have something else bad happen up there. On Wednesday, something else bad did happen here to four window washers: They got stranded on their platform for several hours, dangling over the Strip outside the - Yowsa! - 35th floor of a high-rise hotel until they were rescued by firefighters who rapelled to their aid. Nobody was hurt, but some egos were no doubt bruised.
TRAVEL
December 5, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Las Vegas If you take stock of the Vegas landscape, it's no wonder several Las Vegas clubs are hosting "good riddance to 2010" New Year's Eve parties. The construction cranes atop the flashy but bankrupt Fontainebleau resort, between the Sahara and the Riviera, haven't moved in months. Opposite the Riviera, plywood-covered fences try to hide the foundations for Echelon, a CityCenter wannabe whose owners have pulled the plug, at least temporarily. And at CityCenter, the multi-billion-dollar hotel/retail behemoth that debuted a year ago, the problem-plagued Harmon Hotel will not open this month as expected.
NEWS
November 26, 2010 | Jane Engle, Assistant Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Two hotels at the swank, $8.5-billion  CityCenter Las Vegas complex have pulled off quite a feat: earning the top AAA rating, Five Diamonds, in their first year of operation. The 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino and the 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas opened in December 2009 at the 67-acre complex -- which also includes the 1,495-room Vdara Hotel & Spa , private residences, restaurants and luxury shops -- along the Las Vegas Strip. The Harmon Hotel, originally scheduled to open there this year, is on hold; more about that  below.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2010 | By Valli Herman
Packed into 67 acres between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio casino hotels, CityCenter is billed not just as the Las Vegas Strip's next evolutionary phase, but also as a spectacle capable of pulling the region's tourism from its death spiral. Yet with nearly 5,900 new luxury hotel rooms to fill, that spiral may be intensifying. Between Dec. 1 and 16, the developers unveiled the 1,495-guest room Vdara, the 392-guest room Mandarin Oriental, and the 4,004-guest room Aria Resort & Casino and its 17 restaurants and cafes.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
MGM Mirage and Dubai World postponed the opening of one hotel and canceled a condominium development at their CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip to trim costs and "maximize" returns in a declining market. Scrapping the Harmon residential condos saves $200 million, and opening the Harmon Hotel and Spa at the end of 2010 or later defers another $200 million, providing cash-flow relief for both partners, Chief Executive James Murren said. Gambling revenue on the Strip, where MGM Mirage owns 10 casinos, faces an extended slump amid the global financial downturn.
TRAVEL
March 1, 2009 | Jane Engle; Catharine Hamm; Hugo Martin
A playground on the seas What has 16 decks, room for more than 3,800 passengers, a climbing wall, an ice-skating rink and more? It's Mariner of the Seas, which last week started sailing year-round from Los Angeles to Mexico on seven-night round trips. Royal Caribbean International says it's the largest ship to have its home port on the West Coast. Think Las Vegas on the sea. Here are some features from a tour of the ship when it turned up at port recently: an ice-skating rink and an in-line skating track; a cute nine-hole miniature golf course; the Royal Promenade; five zones catering to kids 3 to 17 with computers, an arcade, teen clubs that serve nonalcoholic "mocktails," parties and contests; and an adults-only solarium equipped with a pool, whirlpools and chaise longues.
TRAVEL
September 8, 2013
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