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Hotel and Casino Still in Legends' Master Plan

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The developer of a hotel-casino at Legends is asking the Sparks City Council to approve some changes to their master plan.

The idea behind Legends has always been to become a tourist destination, but the plan has changed.

The Legends at Sparks Marina opened up in 2008. Now nearly five years later, the property west of the shopping center is still empty.

"It's taken some time and we had one of the worst recessions in this state," Adam Mayberry, City of Sparks Spokesperson said. "I don't think you're going to find too many casinos or hotel rooms built in southern or even up here in northern Nevada."

Las Vegas-based Olympia Gaming originally had plans to build an 800-room tower.

Now they're planning to build two towers with 100 rooms in each one. 400 more rooms would be added down the road.

A 60,000 square foot casino is also part of the plan. 

"It's a great project for this region and specifically for Sparks and it's a very exciting project," D.C. Graham, Olympia Gaming Chief Marketing and Development Officer said. "It's well-designed and offering some great amenities to this area and for the center."

The new hotel will be called "Legends Bay" and Sparks officials hope it will help a shopping center that is still a work in progress.

"Design-wise, it will carry a lot of the similar feel and look," Graham said. "It's very synergistic. It will help the center as a whole and the center will help this project as well."

"Any casino and hotel property at the Legends of Sparks Marina would certainly enhance the tourism component of which was largely the original intent of that development," Mayberry said.

The city council is having a look at changes to the special use permit, including a realignment of the access road. But there is still no timeline of when the project will break ground.

"We remain very optimistic on this project," Graham said. "We wouldn't be here if we didn't think so. So hopefully, this is just one step along the way and we can get the entitlements continued and we will move forward with our financing and hopefully move forward with the project in the short order."

The Sparks City Council likely won't decide on any changes until April 22 after continuing this item, earlier today.

Along with the hotel property, Red Development still has plans to build an IMAX movie theater at Legends. That also has not yet broken ground.

Written by Paul Nelson

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