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South American casino company’s planned purchase of Strip property collapses

Howard Stutz
Howard Stutz
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A Chilean company that was planning to develop a hotel-casino on the Strip near the Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall has pulled out of the $120 million deal.

In an emailed statement Tuesday, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) CEO Steve Hill said the tourism agency’s sale of 10 acres at the corner of the Strip and Elvis Presley Boulevard to CB Investment SpA did not close on Dec. 15.

“As a result, the LVCVA terminated the agreement, received the $7 million non-refundable deposit, and re-listed the property,” Hill said.

The transaction, announced in October 2021, involved a location that formerly housed a portion of the since-imploded Riviera Hotel-Casino. The LVCVA planned to use the proceeds from the sale to finance the renovation of four convention center exhibit halls over a two-year period.

The convention center’s $1 billion West Hall, a 1.4 million-square-foot expansion, opened in 2021. Hill said in an interview a renovation is being planned for the convention center’s North Hall.

Hill is expected to discuss the matter at next week’s LVCVA board meeting.

CB Investment is controlled by South American businessman Claudio Fischer, whose portfolio includes casinos, residential properties and commercial real estate, primarily in South America. Fischer is co-founder of Sun Dreams, the largest casino resort operator in Latin America, with 19 properties in Chile, Argentina, Panama, Colombia and Peru.

SBCNoticias, a Spanish-language website that covers Latin American gaming news, first reported the collapse of the deal on Monday. According to the article, Fischer blamed the “economic crisis affecting the U.S.” and rising mortgage rates as reasons for exiting the agreement.

According to the contract, the parcel was to be developed into a Dreams hotel-casino with construction to begin by Jan. 1, 2031. Specifics on the number of hotel rooms or the size of the property were not disclosed. The project was not listed in the most recent LVCVA Construction Bulletin.

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