New Vegas mega resort to begin construction May 5

Former Stardust site will be new home of $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas.

What goes up in Vegas, stays up in Vegas -- maybe. Perhaps the luck of the dice will favor this new development. Malaysia-based Genting Berhad will break ground on the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas on May 5, a company spokesman said Monday.

The Strip development, which has been in planning for two years, is projected to include 3,000 hotel rooms and a casino with a combined 3,500 slot machines and table games in its initial phase. The property will have 30 food and beverage outlets, a 4,000-seat theater and an elaborate garden attraction that will serve as the property’s front door to the Strip.

Spokesman Michael Levoff confirmed the groundbreaking date in an email and said more details will be provided in coming weeks.

Genting bought the site from Boyd Gaming Corp. in March 2013 for $350 million and announced plans for the project. The site, once home to the Stardust, houses the unfinished Echelon development, on which Boyd halted construction in August 2008.

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