Fountainebleau to receive wrap to cover up eyesore

LAS VEGAS - One of the biggest eyesores on the Las Vegas Strip is getting a new look -- a cover up.  Owners of the unfinished Fontainebleau have finally agreed to put a wrap around the first couple of floors that face Las Vegas Boulevard.     

A permit to begin work on the wrap was issued Monday.

To tourists, the gleaming blue tower missing several dozen windows is merely a curiosity. 

"I mean yeah it can be an eyesore, and I think it should be covered up," one tourist said.

But to locals, the unfinished Fontainebleau is a reminder of the worst of times, when the great recession halted work on what was supposed to be a 3,800 room resort on 24 acres along the north Strip.

Most of the exposed steel is covered, while other sections of the western face of the building area painted black, which should improve a look that has scared some tourist away.

"It's kinda sketchier here compared to the further end of the Strip," one tourist said.

Covering the jagged edges of the Fontainebleau has been a long time coming.  Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said it's "to stop it from looking like a mini Beruit." 

In 2016, there were rumblings about multiple parties interested in buying and finishing the Fontainebleau, but those deals never materialized, so the second tallest structure in Las Vegas will remain vacant for now.

The Fontainebleau is still for sale.  The current owner, legendary investor Carl Icahn is said to be asking $650 million for the property.  Icahn bought the building out of bankruptcy for $150 million.


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