Commissioners green light new All Net Arena plans

LAS VEGAS - The All Net Arena was supposed to be ready by December of last year, but the site at the north end of the Strip is still empty. 

On Wednesday, the Clark County Commission voted to allow the new plans for the project to move forward.

The man behind the project, Jackie Robinson, attended the meeting.

"You want to do it right. You only have one bite at the apple. Now, we're ready to go and get started.  There won't be any stoppages," Robinson said.

Commissioners briefly discussed the $2.7 billion plan. There was little to add to what Robinson unveiled three years ago about bringing an NBA team and resort to Las Vegas. 

Officials broke ground on the arena site in 2014. Almost nothing happened after that.

Back in September, 8 News NOW reported on the revised plans for the project. 

The updated plan included a larger retail and convention space and another hotel tower standing at 63 stories tall.

READ MORE: All Net Arena revisits plans to expand for basketball arena, hotel

Robinson said the difference between now and a few years ago comes down to one thing.

"We have 100% of the money," Robinson said.

Now, Robinson says work can begin. The money comes from financing.

"He had to be very prudent where we didn't have a problem like the Fontainebleau, where they didn't have enough money to finish the construction.  He's got the money in the bank," said Chris Giunchigliani, Clark County Commissioner.

Robinson has the support of neighbors at Turnberry Place, who are pleased with shopping options and dedicated access.

"We hope the commission is diligent so that if the project does stall, it'll be taken care of," said Paul Buller, Turnberry Place Community Association. 

Robinson said even with T-Mobile Arena, the north side of the Strip needs an arena with or without the NBA.

He says his project doesn't need pro basketball. Now, it just needs time.

"We're a resort, we're not just an arena," said Robinson. 

Crews are expected to start digging at the All Net site before the end of the year 2017.

A few more agreements need to be finished with the county. Construction is expected to take three years.


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