Just hours after O’Sheas Casino, the popular Strip-side casino, permanently shut its doors, the property’s seven-story parking garage was demolished to make room for The LINQ, a $550 million dollar entertainment, retail and dining corridor set to open in 2013.
The seven-story structure was successfully brought down at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1 using a construction technique referred to as an implosion, a process whereby very small quantities of explosives are used to disrupt the building’s ability to support itself, allowing the building to fall to the ground in a controlled fashion under its own weight.
To ensure public safety during the blast, portions of Las Vegas Boulevard were closed to both motor and pedestrian traffic and re-opened soon after the implosion occurred. The construction activity is licensed and permitted by the State of Nevada and Clark County.
The LINQ is comprised of diverse retail, dining, beverage and entertainment experiences. The mid-Strip attraction will revitalize and re-define the center-resort corridor spanning more than 200,000 square feet. The LINQ will bring upgrades to three, large mid-Strip Caesars Entertainment resorts, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas. In addition, the recently-closed, yet highly popular O’Sheas Casino will re-open in a new location inside The LINQ as a renovated attraction. The focal point of the unique urban entertainment district will be a giant observation wheel – The High Roller. The wheel will be the tallest in the world, at 550 feet, with 28 cabins designed as transparent spheres. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences. The project’s diverse tenant mix is planned to appeal to the region’s growing Gen X and Gen Y clientele – ages 21 to 46 – whose market share is estimated to grow to 52 percent of Las Vegas visitor spending by 2015.
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