Just last month, it was revealed the Downtown Grand had big plans for its parking garage, located a short walk to the west, and now comes word of a huge upgrade on the opposite side of the resort.
Cim Group, the Grand’s California-based owner, intends to build an eight-floor, 495-room hotel tower on the porte-cochere side of the building, filling the entire stretch of Fourth Street between Ogden and Stewart Avenues.
Featuring an exterior design that will mimic the existing 18-story Casino Tower and 25-story Grand Tower, the new addition will provide direct access to the pool area on the third floor. The structure will rise above an updated version of the street level porte-cochere, still allowing guests to drive right up to the front door and head directly into the casino.
The 250,000-square-foot annex will ultimately upgrade the Downtown Grand to 1,125 hotel rooms. By comparison, the Golden Nugget, the largest downtown resort, hosts 2,419 rooms, while the Plaza Hotel & Casino operates 1,037 rooms and suites.
Also on the way, The Quad, a 44,133-square-foot project destined to take over the entire ground floor of the hotel's parking garage on Casino Center Boulevard. The makeover will add conference and business spaces, plus a 7,259-square-foot fitness center with an outdoor climbing wall stretching all the way to the top of the garage.
A 1,918-square-foot combination cafe and tavern is planned for the Ogden Avenue side of the structure and the opposite end of the currently empty lot will become an 8,074-square-foot, shaded "urban park," featuring a permanent stage for live events.
An estimated opening date or timetable for the start of construction has yet to be announced for either project.
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