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"Derek Stevens keeps changing the face of Downtown Las Vegas"

Discussion in 'Casino Industry & Development' started by LoveDowntownVegas, Feb 2, 2017.

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  1. LoveDowntownVegas

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    Can't wait to see what happens at Las Vegas Club.
     
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  3. LoveDowntownVegas

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    same.. I heard he was scoping out the domed pool at Marquee last weekend. Not sure how serious that is.

    I'm also interested to see the construction progress at GG this weekend..
     
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    I am fine with derek. he drinks and is always in the casino ready to talk to the regular guy. how many other casino owners do that?
     
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    I got a pic with him last year at the GG. he was wasted. that makes 2 of us. :beer:
     
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    I just hope I can still get in there for my craps. ;)
     
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    I would think he would add more bathrooms with the larger casino floor. :evillaugh:
     
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    I think it's good that he is around. Kind of reminds me of Jackie Gaughan. A people person. It makes a person feel good when the owner talks to you.
     
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    Yeah, you can always see him either at GG or The D. Seams like a nice guy, but I've never said hi yet. I do like how he's changing things.
     
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    I hope whatever Stevens does is successful. Since FSE began in 1994 with the closing of Fremont to traffic the area around the casinos has seen improvement but the casino's themselves haven't done all that well. Pioneer closed in 1995 and has been a souvenir since. Las Vegas Club closed. Binion's hotel closed and the casino has gone way downhill. The Grand is much nicer than the old Lady Luck but isn't doing well. GN, Cal, MSS, 4 Queens, Fremont, Plaza seem to be holding their own. So it will be interesting to see what Stevens does with the LVC and the Gold Gate expansion. The D seems to be doing well although personally I liked it better when it was Fitzgeralds.
     
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    Reads like a fluff piece to me. The title of the article is : "DEREK STEVENS KEEPS CHANGING THE FACE OF DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS"
    However outside of discussion on the Downtown Events Center, I don't see how he has done anything to change the face of downtown.

    The face of downtown is still a small footprint of casinos with better odds, street performers, and the FSE. Yes you have the arts district, container park, and Fremont east bars, but I can't think of
    anything Derek did to bring those to downtown. Oh yeah the Zip line over Fremont.

    If anything it would be better to say Tony Hsieh has changed the face of downtown. Now does that mean Derek is not a leader in the city of Las Vegas? or He preventing the blight of run down casinos on
    Fremont, absolutely not. He has made strategic investments that will pay out for the future of his business, but those new investments have not been developed yet. It's yet to see if his redevelopment of Las Vegas Club
    will turn into something to challenge the quality of strip resorts or the Golden Nugget re-development.

    Right now his competitors are running ahead of his efforts. The California is almost done with their top to bottom re-do getting high marks, Plaza keeps trying to tweak their development after the Fontainebleau Bleu furniture upgrade, and Downtown Grand continues to try to tweak their property which stands out as a nice boutique style hotel inconveniently located a block off Fremont.

    I sure hope his investments turn into something spectacular that raises the profile of downtown, but one could hardly call the Fitz redevelopment into The D (a nice but unimpressive downtown grind joint) into face changing for downtown.
    Derek has generated some buzz and being available to his customers raises his profile as an old school operator. I sure hope he impresses us with what he has planned, until then no face changing has occurred IMHO.
     
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    It doesn't read like one, it was one.
     
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    I dig what he's done with the Golden Gate and the D. I'm looking forward to what he does next.
     
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    I think he's done a lot for downtown. The transition made at the D and the GG have been very influential on the face of downtown. every casino on fremont now has a bar outside, some have taken the extra step and adding outdoor seating. It's a small thing, but some has to be innovative enough to take a leap and see if it works. Their may be differences on opinion on whether or not those changes are good or bad for downtown, but nevertheless, the are changes that reshaped Fremont.
    The purchase of LVC and surrounding properties will continue change the face of DTLV.

    I believe the other properties realized they better market themselves better and upgrade or they would find themselves behind the 8 ball as Mr. Stevens continues to develop DTLV.
     
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    I think renovating two old casinos and dramatically changing their marketing, doing the events centre, and buying up another few properties for now new casinos can safely be called "changing the face"

    It is a fluff piece, but still, credit where its due. Even if not everyone likes the changes
     
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    Fremont Hotel does not have a bar outside.
     
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    It is true that he renovated 2 old casinos, but so has most everyone at one time or another on Fremont. But the face is still the same, maybe slightly refreshed. The events center yes, as has been pointed out. But marketing at his casinos? I dont see that as changing the face of anything. And buying up a few properties with the intent of doing something is not changing the face of downtown. At least not yet. Right now his boarded up LV Club and the rest of what he demolished to one day build is a change alright. Just not a positive one... yet.
     
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    Neat.
     
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