Station Casino received approval from Clark County officials on Wednesday to proceed with its long-standing plan to build a casino resort in the southwest valley.
The initial plan is to build an 83,178 square foot casino with a 211-room hotel on South Durango Drive, just south of the 215 Beltway. The company says that the resort will focus on gaming as it has little competitions within 5 square miles from its location.
Said Bob Finch, CO of Station Casinos:
“For over forty-five years, we have been the go-to local casino and entertainment destination in neighborhoods across the valley, and we are excited to share our vision for the next generation of Station Casinos properties with residents in the southwest.”
Two Phase Construction
According to plans submitted to the county, the construction of the planned casino will have two phases. The fist one will have single 216-foot tall tower with water features, a parking building, four restaurants, beverage stops, a state of the art race and sportsbook, a 20,000 square foot convention space, a pool space with private cabanas, an event lawn. And electric vehicle charging stations.
Meanwhile, the second phase will see the construction of a second 215-foot tall tower with an additional 241 hotel rooms. The casino’s gambling floor would be increased to 92,911 square feet and the property will feature more banquet space, an entertainment theater, another parking structure, and more lobby space.
The company unveiled the first images of the planned resort on Wednesday. It said that the casino will be inspired by the warm colors and the vibrant landscapes of the desert and will offer locals and visitors a boutique gaming and resort experience.
Recession Prevented Initial Plans to Build a Casino
The 71-ace plot of desert has been owned by Station Casinos for over 20 years but the recession prevented th company’s initial plans to build a casino in 2009 and open in 2011. A site plan from 2008 showed two hotel towers, a casino, a movie theater, and several buildings. But the shovel never hit dirt.
Station Casinos said that it intends to release a cost estimate for the Durango casino project during its third-quarter earnings call with investors this fall. If plans don’t miscarry this time around, the Station Casino in Durango is expected break ground early next years and will open in late 2023.
Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station casinos, owns nine large casinos and 10 bar, restaurant, and sports betting properties. It Fiesta Henderson,Texas Station in Las Vegas and Fiesta Rancho in North Las Vegas closed during the pandemic and have not reopened to date.