Station Casinos Durango Resort officially under construction in Las Vegas

Posted: March 9, 2022, 9:03 a.m.

Last update: March 9, 2022, 11:42 a.m.

Station Casinos is officially building its next local-focused casino resort in the Las Vegas Valley.

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Construction work at Durango, A Station Casinos Resort is seen March 4, 2022, with the Las Vegas Strip in the background. Station Casinos has budgeted $750 million to build a local casino on the 71-acre lot. (Picture: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The heavy machinery arrived after Clark County issued the Durango Casino with a final grading permit earlier this month. Station Casinos is developing 71 acres of vacant land after acquiring it 22 years ago.

Durango’s current project includes a 73,000 square foot casino with over 2,000 slot machines, 46 table games and a sportsbook. The casino will be complemented by a 200-room hotel, four full-service restaurants, more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and a resort-style pool complex.

Durango, A Station Casinos Resort – as the company calls the project – started in January. But construction activity has recently ramped up at the development site, located on Durango Drive, just south of the 215 Beltway across from Ikea.

Luxury for locals

Station Casinos is one of Nevada’s largest casino employers and operators, but the company does not invest on the Strip or downtown. Instead, the company, which owns a majority stake in Red Rock Resorts (RRR), is focusing on the local market. Station stays true to its daily bread with Durango.

A luxury style property with amenities that will appeal to the local Las Vegas shopper” That’s how the company summed up the Durango project during a recent RRR investor call.

Station has been thinking about Durango for more than two decades. As the real estate boom continues in Southern Nevada, the company believes the time is finally right to secure the $750 million investment that accompanies Durango, A Station Casinos Resort.

Station’s Durango presentation detailed the development’s attractive location. The company explained that there were around 260,000 people over the age of 21 living within a five-mile radius. Station predicts the community will grow nearly 12% through 2026.

The adjacent 215 Beltway, which handles more than 166,000 vehicles per day near the Durango site, further enhances the attractiveness of the project. Company officials add that there are currently no other unrestricted gambling sites within five miles.

Development opportunities

With the mass exodus from California to Nevada having no end in sight, Station Casinos says Durango may just be the start of the company’s expansion plans.

Station has long been a major landowner in southern Nevada, with the company having nearly 380 acres of vacant properties on its asset list.

In addition to Durango’s 71 acres of land, Station owns 96.4 acres at Viva, 58.2 acres at Town Center, 56.6 acres at Cactus, 47.3 acres at Skye Canyon, 45 acres at Inspirada and five acres at Castaways.

Billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, who controls Station Casinos and RRR along with his brother Frank Fertitta III, said last month the focus was, for now, on Durango. But once that’s over, Station will regroup to figure out “what the next deal pipeline will be.”