Change of plan
Plans to redevelop the historic Moulin Rouge site in Las Vegas have fallen through following a proposal being sent by the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.
Chad Williams, executive director of the housing authority, told board members on Thursday that a final deal could not be delivered, meaning redevelopment plans for the site have now been put on hold.
Decision follows a feasibility study
Williams told board members that the decision to scrap the deal was made following the outcome of a feasibility study. He said it was ultimately a “business decision”.
Despite Williams giving this reason, he went on to say that the result of the appraisal would have been very favorable to the housing authority. The group may reconsider its proposal at some stage in the future, which Williams also suggested.
Maybe we can look at it 10 years from now but right now I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the housing authority to acquire this property.”
Board members divided
Williams initially pitched the idea of bidding $5.5m for the 15-acre plot of land in June.
A number of the board members were hesitant to commit to this deal. Some of them presented arguments against the purchasing of the site back in July. They said that the authority did not have relevant experience in retail developments. They also noted that there was a lot of public resistance during previous attempts to rebuild a casino on the site.
Now that the housing authority is no longer in the running, Williams said that any future potential buyers may not consider the best interests of nearby residents.
A number of other potential buyers have expressed interest in this site, including the Nevada Restaurant Services Group. A number of deals for the site have fallen through over the years.
The Moulin Rouge opened its doors way back in 1955. This was a significant moment, as it became the first casino in Las Vegas to welcome white and black customers. However, it was only in operation for five months before it closed its doors.
first casino in Las Vegas to welcome white and black customers
Despite not having been in operation for the past 64 years, there is still an active gambling license in place at this site. Every two years, a temporary opening is held to keep this license active.