Red Rock Resort – History

Beginning in 2003 and continuing into 2004 there were significant discussions about the construction of the proposed towers. While other aspects of the design were issues, such as the traffic impact and the brightness of the signs, it was the proposed 300 feet (91 m) tower and the inclusion of condominiums in the project that caused most of the concerns. The problem was rooted in a zoning variance granted to The Howard Hughes Corporation from the normal 100 feet (30 m) to 200 feet (61 m) for the site when there was no development in the area.

After much discussion between Station Casinos, Howard Hughes Corporation, Clark County, and residents, a consensus was reached that allowed the project to move forward. The hotel tower was reduced in height to 197 feet (60 m) and the condominium towers were eliminated from the project.

The project was designed by Portland, Oregon-based Architropolis, Las Vegas-based The Friedmutter Group, and SADI, with landscape designed by Newport Beach, California-based Lifescapes International. Ground was broken on April 15, 2004 with a projected cost of $475 million.

On March 15, 2005 Station Casinos announced an “Accelerated Expansion” plan to double the number of hotel rooms available in the tower. The total projected cost of over $930 million would make it one of the most expensive locals casino ever built.

It was announced in February 2006 that the second season of the Hell’s Kitchen reality show would offer the winner the executive chef position at a fine dining restaurant to be built in the resort. The winner of the contest was a 25-year-old sous chef from New York named Heather West. Since winning Hell’s Kitchen 2, Heather West has still yet to be given the prize of Executive Chef. Instead, Red Rock management has decided to give her a position suitable to her skills – Senior Chef at the Terra Rossa (the resort’s Italian restaurant).

In 2007, Red Rock opened their 72 lane bowling center, the most expensive center ever built



As of March 1, 2006, construction is underway on a second 450-room hotel tower, located to the south of the first tower. It will double the amount of rooms at the resort.

Condo towers

On March 3, 2006, a Las Vegas Review-Journal article stated that Station Casinos is “embarking on round two of its development at the resort –two 227-foot-high condominium towers.” The original plan did include building high rise condos on the site along with the hotel. They will be called Red Rock Residences. As these towers are higher than the hotel tower itself, no one knows if there will be opposition to this plan from the surrounding residents yet again. Station, however, plans to state that it is reasonable since “The towers will be built on property twenty-nine feet lower in elevation than the land on which the hotel-casino stands. Because of the different land elevations, the condo towers will be no higher than the casino’s rooftop despite being twenty-nine feet taller when measured from base to roof”.

In September 2006, Station Casinos officially halted the Red Rock Residences. The company claims to be reconsidering use for the land, but has not ruled out the two condo towers entirely.

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