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September 22, 2014

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Clark County Commission and Zoning Commission:

Commissioners to discuss plans for new Strip casinos this week

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Malaysia-based Genting Group purchased the Echelon site in March and plans to revive the space with a multibillion-dollar resort. A rendering of the property is pictured.

Clark County commissioners will weigh in on a pair of hot topics – University Medical Center and officer-involved shootings – at their regular meeting at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

The board also will get a look at future developments on the Las Vegas Strip at 9 a.m. Wednesday, when members meet as the zoning commission.

Police reviews up for review

The county conducted its third Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review hearing on Friday, triggering a review put into place by commissioners in January when they revamped the controversial coroner’s inquest process.

The reviews are meant to increase transparency by revealing more details about the situations and tactics leading to fatal officer-involved shootings. So far the cases of Stanley Gibson, Daniel Hathorne and Justin Hoey have been reviewed, although the process does not allow for any finding of whether the shooting was justified.

Some commissioners opposed scrapping the old coroner’s inquest, but there haven’t been many vocal complaints about the new system since hearings began.

On Tuesday, commissioners will share their thoughts on whether the fact-finding reviews are working and whether any tweaks need to be made to the process.

UMC capital funds

In addition to dealing with issues of governance structure and trying to find a sustainable revenue source for the struggling public hospital, commissioners also must consider UMC’s pressing equipment and capital needs.

The hospital has about $75 million in a variety of funds available for capital purchases, but the need to replace outdated equipment and to update the hospital’s facilities and infrastructure will eat into that amount.

Commissioners will get a report on what capital funds are available and how they’re being used during a presentation Tuesday from UMC officials.

Developments on and off the Strip

The resort corridor along the Las Vegas Strip continues to rebound after the recession halted development there for several years.

Commissioners will get a look at two projects Wednesday that are contributing to the recovery and could add thousands of new hotel rooms to the area.

Las Vegas Lucky Investment plans to build a 30-story, 225,000-square-foot, resort hotel and casino at a site along Flamingo Road west of Paradise Road currently occupied by a Fortune Hotel & Suites.

Few details are currently available about the proposed 794-room project, which is still early in the development process and is seeking approval from the commission for a number of use permits, plan deviations and design reviews.

A planned mega-resort on the north end of the Strip is still a few years away from opening, but in the meantime its owners would like to build some anticipation with exhibits along Las Vegas Boulevard promoting the coming casino.

Representatives from Resorts World Las Vegas, which wants to build a $2 billion hotel and casino complex at the site of the failed Echelon resort, will ask the zoning commission Wednesday for permission to build two preview centers to promote the site.

The centers would be built first and then incorporated into the larger resort. In the meantime, the center would play host to costumed performers, whose jobs would be to build excitement about and announce coming events at the future resort.

The zoning application also requests approval to install landscaping and a temporary wall to screen construction activity at the site.

The first phase of Resorts World Las Vegas is expected to begin construction in 2014 and will include 3,500 hotel rooms plus space for dining, gaming, retail and conventions.

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