MGM Plans New Complex

MGM Mirage is planning a 4,000-room hotel and casino as the main attraction of its $4.7 billion Project CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip.

The company has hired prestigious architect Cesar Pelli to design the hotel-casino, which will eschew the usual pattern of themed resorts in favor of a design that focuses on “the beauty of the architecture,” Pelli told the Los Angeles Times.

The complex will include a 2,000-seat theatre where MGM plans a new Cirque du Soleil production.

The 66-acre development is expected to center around two 60-story glass towers. Its location will link MGM’s Bellagio to the north and the Monte Carlo and several more properties to the south.

The complex is expected to open in 2009.