On Monday, the Pinball Hall of Fame announced plans to build a new home at the South end of Las Vegas Boulevard.
"Way south on the Strip, near the Las Vegas sign,” Pinball Hall of Fame owner Tim Arnold said.
"We’ve been here for six years and it's just too small," he added, talking about his current building on East Tropicana Avenue.
Arnold isn't the only person with eyes on the south part of the Strip. According to Clark Country property records, Astral Hotels, an Israel-based hotel company, bought the shuttered Motel 8 across the street from Mandalay Bay for $7.4 million.
On the other side of Interstate 15, construction on the Las Vegas Raiders Stadium is well underway, with the $1.8 billion facility scheduled to open in 2020.
Arnold told FOX5 he sees several advantages in the south Strip site.
"It's going to make it easier for tourists to get to us and at the same time, it's not near the heart of the strip, it's kind of in that area South of the strip so locals aren’t afraid to go there," Arnold said.
Arnold said he does not know when the move will happen, but said the current location on Tropicana will stay open up until the move. He added that the new location will continue to use quarters for machines.
Workers at businesses already set up on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard said they welcome the company.
“We’re so excited," Las Vegas Harley Davidson marketing director Samantha Cashman said. Harley Davidson has had a shop near the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign for nearly five years. “There’s not been a ton of development down here in the recent history, so we’re excited for that to bring more people in."
"They’ll realize that there’s a Harley store right down the street and they’ll be able to stop in and pick up a jacket or a T-shirt,” Cashman added.
But not everybody is excited about the south Strip projects. People who live in the area said they worried the developments will price them out of their apartments, forcing them to move.
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