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Fantasy Plans Unveiled for Las Vegas


A couple of sizable theme-park-like attractions are being proposed near opposite ends of the Las Vegas Strip.

The first, billed as an extreme sports park, has been cleared by the Clark County Commission in concept for 130 acres at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sunset Road opposite the outdoor Town Square mall and McCarran International Airport.

Plans for The Edge, as Australian developer Josh Kearney calls his project, include a casino and 640-room hotel anchoring a white-water rapids lake, three cable wake-boarding lakes, an indoor mountain biking track, an indoor skydiving attraction, a pool with water slides and “dunk tank towers,” rock-climbing and bungee-jumping and zip rides throughout

The hotel component includes convention space, restaurants and two rooftop swimming pools.

Price tag: around $800 million.

Las Vegas City Council, meanwhile, has voted to approve plans for a science-fiction-themed attraction on 21 acres at Sirius Avenue and Rancho Drive, just west of the area where Interstate 15 intersects with Desert Inn Road.

Fischer Brothers, a New York property development firm, say their project, called Area 15, will feature 146,000 square feet of space for virtual reality attractions designed around comic book themes and the “Blade Runner” and “Mad Max” movies. The space also will include a food court for local chefs, an events area and retail space.

Opening is scheduled for March 2019.

Fisher Brothers is no stranger to Las Vegas. The firm partnered with Station Casinos on a mixed-use development near the latter’s Palace Station casino hotel and is involved in a Manhattan condo project with New York developer Steve Witkoff and Miami-based investment firm New Valley, the consortium that has bought the mothballed Fontainebleau on the Las Vegas Strip from Carl Icahn for $600 million.

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