The new resort planned for the site of the old Stardust has many optimistic that the desolate north end of the Strip will see a rejuvenation.
"The Resort Worlds project up on the north Strip has the potential to kick start that," said David Schwartz, director of UNLV's Center for Gaming Research. "You might have a beneficial effect for Circus Circus and Riviera as people start to shift their attention up there. So it really could help beyond the project itself."
Local and state leaders are hoping the project will mean a big and long-term boost to the economy.
"It's self-evident that there will be thousands of construction jobs as well as so many permanent jobs associated with the resort," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. "So this is a tremendous opportunity."
"We've got a lot of people who are trained in these skilled areas," said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani. "We may have to bring people back in, which is a good thing. It's the long-term jobs."
The hope is that with change will come new business and upgrades to surrounding older businesses.
"You have SLS, the old Sahara that just got their financing," Giunchigliani said. "So they're starting their construction project and then as you leap across Sahara into the city, you have the Stratosphere, downtown, the Arts District. You know, Vegas is back, baby."
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