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Spark returning to Las Vegas Strip's north end

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After years of shuttered casinos and abandoned projects, the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard is slowly coming back to life.

While the center of the Las Vegas Strip has been revitalized by LINQ and the soft opening of The Cromwell, the focus has now shifted to the north end.

Among the attractions coming to the north end are the SLS, a hotel and casino located where the Sahara once stood, and Resorts World Las Vegas, an Asian-themed resort at the site of the unfinished Echelon Place.

To top it off, MGM Resorts International on Monday announced plans for a 33-acre, open-air venue to accommodate the Rock in Rio festival in 2015. 

Circus Circus Las Vegas was preparing for big projects in 2006, but those plans were derailed by the recession. Now that the economy is improving, new plans are being made.

"It's been a challenge, but we've been trying to position ourselves for when things do come back, spruce up the property, add new things like El Loco (roller coaster)," said Tom Nolan, vice president of Adventuredome Theme Park, located within Circus Circus.

The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower has been rejuvenated as well, recently renovating the Top of the World Restaurant and Level 107 Lounge.

"We're investing in the property and making sure when the economy turns, which we feel it has, we'd be ready to take advantage of it," Stratosphere General Manager Paul Hobson said.

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