Downtown Grand Construction Hits Milestone as Workers Top Off New Tower at Vegas Casino

Posted on: February 24, 2020, 11:58h. 

Last updated on: February 25, 2020, 09:40h.

A downtown Las Vegas casino has reached a key milestone in the construction of its new tower.

Construction workers recently topped off the new tower for the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino in Vegas. The tower, with nearly 500 rooms, is expected to open in September. (Image: Downtown Grand)

Last week, crews reached what will be the top of the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino’s seven-story third tower. This spring, hotel staff will begin booking the 495 new rooms, which are slated to open in September.

The Downtown Grand, located a couple blocks north of the Fremont Street Experience, claims to offer a boutique lounging experience. Among the nearly 500 rooms in the new tower will be 67 studio rooms, 20 one-bedroom suites, and three Presidential suites.

The Presidential suites all will feature nearly 1,500 square feet of living space.

We are in the final phases of development and closer to the ultimate goal of extending our revered guest experience to many more travelers,” said John Culetsu, the vice president and managing director of the Downtown Grand, in a news release. “We look forward to delivering the city’s newest room product this fall.”

Construction on 250,000-square-foot tower started in January 2019. When complete, the Downtown Grand will offer more than 1,100 rooms.

Not all of the current work is taking in the new tower. The gym, which is located in the original tower, Is being expanded to more than 1,500 square feet.

Former Lady Luck

The Downtown Grand stands where the Lady Luck stood for more than 40 years until it was closed in 2006. After being dormant for about five years, work started on the new hotel.

The $100 million investment transformed the old casino into a boutique hotel with more than 24,000 square feet of gaming space. It currently features seven distinct dining options and a William Hill sportsbook to complement each other.

Vegas Revitalizing Downtown in 2020

The Downtown Grand isn’t the only development that’s helping reshape and revitalize Vegas’ downtown.

On New Years Eve, the Fremont Street Experience celebrated the completion of the Viva Vision upgrade. Nearly 50 million LED lights were installed as part of the $32 million project. Viva Vision is the signature attraction for Fremont Street, a 1,500-foot long canopy over the street that provides light shows on a daily basis.

The new, brighter lights will allow for more light shows, including some during daytime hours.

Nearly 25 million visitors go to the Fremont Street Experience annually.

That same month, developers of the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas celebrated the topping off of its 315,000-square-foot convention space expansion that’s slated to open in  July.

After the Downtown Grand’s new tower opens, the next big unveiling for the district will be the Circa Resort and Casino. That’s expected to open in December. The project, being built by Derek Stevens, is the first new construction casino for the downtown district in 40 years.

The project represents about a $1 billion investment. It will feature 777 rooms and be the primary retail location for the Circa Sports sportsbook. The three-story sportsbook will include a 78-million-pixel, high-definition screen. Other amenities will include a rooftop amphitheater with six pools with a 125-foot screen.

It also will feature a two-story casino.