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Unfinished Vegas casino-resort to open in 2020

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The Fontainebleau on the Las Vegas Strip, seen under construction in this undated photo. (FOX5) The Fontainebleau on the Las Vegas Strip, seen under construction in this undated photo. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

The long-mothballed unfinished Fontainebleau casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip is scheduled to open under a new name in 2020.

The 63-story bluish tower will be transformed into The Drew Las Vegas under a partnership between hospitality giant Marriott International and New York-based real estate firm Witkoff.

"What you see there now is a skeleton of what you're going to see in the future. That's what people are going to remember," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said. 

"These are projects that are just ... sad," Scott Roeben with vitalvegas.com said. "Everyone said (Fontainebleau) with kind of a French pronunciation, it sounded ridiculous." 

The companies told The Associated Press ahead of the Monday announcement that the property will feature a casino, approximately 4,000 rooms and suites, convention and meeting space, and a variety of entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining options.

"To me, it was always a symbol of big thinking. Maybe the timing was off, but I love anything that's the biggest of anything or the shiniest of anything," Roeben said. 

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The site is near the Circus Circus and SLS hotel-casinos. The luxury property will also be home to the Strip's first JW Marriott and the company's top-end "Edition" brand.

The Drew will be one of two casino projects expected to open on the northern end of Strip in 2020.

"You see the shovels go to the ground in 2018 and the ribbons being cut in 2020," Sisolak said. 

"I think there's still a lot of big question marks. Anything over a billion marks, I'd say just leave it as a question mark and be optimistic," Roeben said. 

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