With a growing list of partially finished resort projects dotting the Las Vegas skyline, the shelving of the $4.8 Billion Echelon project joined the ranks of the Strip boneyard late last week.
The Boyd Gaming project, on the site of the formed Stardust, which was imploded in August 2008, plans to remain dormant for three to five years. It’s across the street from the bankrupt and shuttered Fountainbleau, who is still courting suitors, Echelon is located on 87 acres of what was prime real estate. Only an unusuable parkeing garage, unfinished power plant and bare steel-and-concrete remain.
In the meantime, Boyd will spend an estimated $15 million a year to secure and maintain the property that was once destined to be five hotel tower site with 5,000 rooms.