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MGM Wants to Blow Up Never-Opened Vegas Hotel

Casino company abandoning costly project
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2011 11:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hotel implosions aren’t exactly unheard of in Las Vegas, but it’s not every day the condemned is a brand-new, never-opened luxury tower. MGM on Monday submitted a request to the county office to implode Harmon Tower, a luxury hotel that was supposed to be the crown jewel in the Strip’s $9 billion CityCenter project, the Wall Street Journal reports. It’s been derailed because of multiple construction problems; engineers say it couldn’t withstand an earthquake.

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MGM says blowing the tower up is the quickest, safest way to resolve the issue, even though the contractors building the tower—who are locked in a legal battle with MGM—say they could fix it. “In this economy, MGM resorts clearly has no interest in completing the tower,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal observes in an editorial. “Perhaps the implosion of the Harmon could be promoted as an offering to end the curse of this recession.” (Read more Las Vegas stories.)

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