Lake Las Vegas

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Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas aerial view.jpg
LocationHenderson, Nevada
CoordinatesCoordinates: 36°06′07″N 114°55′46″W / 36.1020°N 114.9295°W / 36.1020; -114.9295
TypeArtificial lake
Primary inflowsfrom Lake Mead[1]
Primary outflowsLas Vegas Wash
Catchment areanil
Basin countries United States
Surface area320 acres (129 ha)
Shore length110 mi (16 km)
Surface elevation1,400 feet (430 m)
SettlementsLake Las Vegas
References[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
 
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Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas aerial view.jpg
LocationHenderson, Nevada
CoordinatesCoordinates: 36°06′07″N 114°55′46″W / 36.1020°N 114.9295°W / 36.1020; -114.9295
TypeArtificial lake
Primary inflowsfrom Lake Mead[1]
Primary outflowsLas Vegas Wash
Catchment areanil
Basin countries United States
Surface area320 acres (129 ha)
Shore length110 mi (16 km)
Surface elevation1,400 feet (430 m)
SettlementsLake Las Vegas
References[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
Lake Las Vegas in 2007

Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, refers to a 320-acre (129 ha) artificial lake and the 3,592-acre (1,453.6 ha) developed area around the lake.[2][3] The area is sometimes referred to as the Lake Las Vegas Resort. Lake Las Vegas is being developed by 5 companies including Lake at Las Vegas Joint Venture LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008.[4]

The area includes several hotels and casinos including the Monte Lago Village Resort, the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas, and Casino MonteLago.

The dam that creates the lake is "an earthen structure 18 stories high, 4,800 ft (1,500 m) in length and 716 ft (218 m) wide at its base. It contains roughly the same amount of dirt as Hoover Dam does concrete,"[1] and was completed in 1991.[5] The Las Vegas Wash passes under the lake and dam in pipes that require maintenance every 10 years.[6]

History[edit]

Actor J. Carlton Adair conceived Lake Las Vegas around 1967 for Lake Adair. At the time he purchased the land and water rights. The property was acquired by Transcontinental Properties in 1990 from Ronald Boeddeker who had acquired 2,000 acres (810 ha) in 1987 from the US Government when Adair went bankrupt.[2][3]

The lake was built on top of the Las Vegas Wash, which continues to flow under the lake in two 96-inch (2.4 m) diameter pipes.[7] Water diversion to fill the lake begin in 1990.[5] The lake was filled with 3 billion US gallons (11,000,000 m3) of water.[6]

Lake at Las Vegas Joint Venture, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 17, 2008. Debts were estimated at between $500 million and $1 billion.[4]

Lake Las Vegas emerged from bankruptcy in July 2010 with a plan that took nearly two years to complete. All existing debt was wiped away and the development has $30 million in hand to complete several of the unfinished infrastructure projects. The Lake Las Vegas bankruptcy creditors, not Lake Las Vegas development themselves, have filed a lawsuit against the former insiders. (Bass Brothers, TransContinental, etc.) The creditors' theory is that the $500 million equity loan the former insiders took against the property caused the demise of Lake Las Vegas. The creditors are hoping to recoup money from the former insiders. In a related action, resort property owners are suing lender Credit Suisse as part of a multi-billion dollar lawsuit led by bankrupt Yellowstone Club founder Timothy Blixseth and his son Beau Blixseth who claim the Lake Las Vegas Joint Venture bankruptcy was caused by a "loan to own" scheme between the bank and resort developers.[8]

The golf course was purchased by Nevada South Shore LLC, a Hawaii based corporation for $4.5 million on February 17, 2011.[9]

The Ritz Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, closed after 8 years of operation on May 2, 2010.[10]

International Boutique hotlier Dolce Hotels re-opened the former Ritz Carlton on February 11, 2011 and the casino will have a new operator by April or May 2011. The property was renamed Ravella at Lake Las Vegas.[9] On April 30, 2013, Kam Sang Co. announced that the Ravella would be renamed the Hilton Lake Las Vegas, to gain popularity of the hotel. The Hilton will open sometime in June 2013. [11]

Casino MonteLago[edit]

Casino MonteLago
LocationHenderson, Nevada
Address8 Strada di Villaggio
Opening dateMay 8, 2003
ThemeEuropean
Total gaming space40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2)
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerKam Sang Co.
Operating license holderIntrepid Gaming
Years renovated2011
Websitecasinomontelago.com

Casino MonteLago was opened on May 8, 2003, having been built by Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native shareholder owned corporation.[12] The casino closed on March 14, 2010 due to the U.S. recession at the time;[13] but on May 26, 2011, after renovation, the casino re-opened to the public.[14] In November 2012, the casino was acquired along with the Ravella hotel for a total of $47 million by Kam Sang Co., a California-based real estate developer.[15] The casino closed again in October 2013, as a result of a lease dispute between Kam Sang and the casino's operators.[16]

Notable residents[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dickensheets, Scott (2000-11). "Is Lake Las Vegas Half Full or Half Empty?". Las Vegas Life. 
  2. ^ a b Knightly, Arnold M. (2008-01-09). "Lake Las Vegas properties change hands". Las Vegas Review-Journal. pp. 1D, 4D. 
  3. ^ a b Vaucher, Andréa R. (2008-01-10). "Lakeside resort trumps Las Vegas". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Lake Las Vegas Filed For Chapter 11". KTNV. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ a b "LAKE LAS VEGAS RESORT TIMELINE". Archived from the original on 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  6. ^ a b "EDITORIAL: Lake Las Vegas -- dry?". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Wash Tour". Las Vegas Wash Project Coordination Team. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  8. ^ Luxury-Property Owners Sue Credit Suisse for $24 Billion, by Jaqueline Palank, The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "New hotel banks on Lake Las Vegas bouncing back". Las Vegas Sun. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  10. ^ http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/feb/08/ritz-carlton-lake-las-vegas/
  11. ^ Ravella name changed to Hilton
  12. ^ Amanda Finnegan (April 1, 2011). "License sought to operate shuttered Casino MonteLago". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ Finnegan, Amanda (February 16, 2010). "Casino MonteLago at Lake Las Vegas to close next month". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2011/may/26/casino-montelago-reopens-lake-las-vegas/
  15. ^ Wargo, Buck (November 29, 2012). "California company buys Ravella, Casino MonteLago for $46.8 million". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  16. ^ Eli Segall (October 29, 2013). "Casino MonteLago at Lake Las Vegas closes over lease issues". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 

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