LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – After Station Casinos got the green light to build its newest resort in the southwest valley, neighbors shared their reaction to the changes coming to their backyard.
The Clark County Commission approved zoning plans on Wednesday for Station Casino’s proposed new resort and casino, Durango to be located on the 71- acre plot near Durango Drive and the 215 Beltway.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Chris Cepeda, who lives in the area, told 8 News Now of the proposed property.
“Not a fan,” neighbor Colin Chapman conversely said.
The location, as shown in renderings presented during Wednesday’s Clark County zoning meeting, will feature over 100,000 square feet of casino, convention, and entertainment space, along with a 200-room hotel tower.
A potential second phase of construction could eventually bring another tower with 200 rooms, according to Station Casinos, though that plan for that is not in place yet. Scroll down for slideshow.
“We thank the Clark County Commission for their support of the Durango project, “said Bob Finch, Chief Operating Officer of Station Casinos.
Some, like Cepeda, told 8 News Now they are all for the idea of a casino.
“It’s nice to have something on this side of town,” he said when asked about “Durango.”
Others, like Sasha Knox, fear it could bring safety issues for her kids.
“They like to ride their bikes around the neighborhood,” Knox said, speaking of her children. “And it’s kind of getting to a point where they can’t anymore.”
Chapman also spoke on-road issues, stating his concern over what this could mean for his commute.
“The traffic is going to be insane,” he said. “And it’s already bad over here.”
Yet, no matter how they feel, those in the community told 8 News Now they will try to make the best out of the move.
“It is what it is,” Chapman said. “What can we do?”
Cepeda said he hopes to embrace what this means for our local economy.
“If it puts people to work,” Chapman concluded. “And it’s good for the community, absolutely.”
The gaming company shared renderings of the Durango saying the look of the new resort was ‘inspired by the warm colors and vibrant landscapes of the desert.’ The ’boutique gaming’ property will also offer the following:
- Hotel tower with over 200 guest rooms and suites
- Restaurant space and bars
- Food court that will feature favorite local restaurants
- Race and sportsbook
- Event lawn
- Meeting and convention space
- Electric vehicle charging stations
Construction for the Durango, A Station Casinos Resort is set to start in early 2022, with a tentative completion date of late 2023.