Circus Circus to Begin Construction on 4,000-Room Resort

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LAS VEGAS -- Circus Circus Enterprises will begin construction on an upscale, 4,000-room resort and casino at the former site of the Hacienda Hotel and Casino.

The 11-story Hacienda was reduced to rubble Dec. 31 during a televised implosion as part of the Fox Network's New Year's Eve special.

The property tentatively is called Project Paradise, and the resort will be built on the 47-acre site.

It is the latest step in the firm's Masterplan Mile project -- a multiresort, casino and entertainment development that will link one continuous mile of Circus Circus property on the Las Vegas Strip.

Masterplan Mile will extend from Tropicana Boulevard to Russell Road and will include the firm's Luxor and Excalibur properties in addition to new projects.

During the next several years, Masterplan Mile will be unveiled in phases, and Project Paradise, scheduled to debut in the fall of 1998, will be the centerpiece.

The architecture of the resort will reflect an "ancient culture from the South Seas," as if a Forbidden City were discovered on an exotic jungle island, Circus Circus said.

Interior elements will include a portal of waterfalls, terraced gardens and mythical statuary.

The property will surround a 10-acre tropical area set to contain features such as a surfing beach with waves and a swim-up shark exhibit.

Most of the resort's dining venues will be situated in an open-air ambience, with themed environments that will include a swan island.

Additionally, the property will feature a microbrewery with a sugar refinery theme.

As part of Project Paradise, a separate 400-room Four Seasons Hotel will front the tropical environment and have its own entrance from the Strip.

Four Seasons Hotel will be connected to the casino at Project Paradise by a retail walkway.

The 25-story Four Seasons property, which will be owned by Circus Circus, will aim to provide Las Vegas visitors with the first five-star luxury resort experience on the Strip.

In addition to Four Seasons, Circus Circus said other players in the casino-resort industry might participate in joint ventures for additional projects on Masterplan Mile.

As Circus Circus develops Masterplan Mile, the exterior environment will be expanded to connect other resorts that are developed.

Project Paradise will be geared toward upscale Las Vegas visitors.

Circus Circus said with Project Paradise, Luxor, Excalibur and future developments, the firm eventually will own or control as many as 20,000 rooms on Masterplan Mile, enabling it to cover all key Las Vegas tourism and gaming markets.

As Masterplan Mile takes shape, Circus Circus said it hopes to create the most prominent entertainment space in Las Vegas, both in size and visibility.

As the first step in the Masterplan Mile project, Circus Circus is augmenting the facilities at its Luxor and Excalibur properties. The most ambitious initiative is a $240 million project at Luxor, the first phase of which was realized in December.

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