What Happens Down South?
A question that comes up quite often is why there aren’t any decently tall high-rise buildings on Las Vegas Blvd. south of Russel Road. This area, sometimes called the ‘South Strip’ (by developers to create buzz) doesn’t feature high-rises primarily due to Harry Reid International Airport and height restrictions. In addition, the PRIME Las Vegas Strip aka ‘The Strip’ is where most developers want to build and/or tear down and rebuild. How big is ‘The Strip’ and where is it located?
The Las Vegas Strip In A Nutshell
Perfectly nestled between Sahara Blvd. to the north and Russel Road to the south, the prime Las Vegas Strip is approx. 4.2 miles and broken into three main sections. The South Strip, Mid Strip, and North Strip. Please note, the section of the The Strip called the South Strip refers to the SOUTH portion of The Strip, not the ‘South Strip’ south of the entire Las Vegas Strip. I know that sounds crazy, that’s why I hate the ‘South Strip’ buzzword. I’d also like to point out that the residential high-rise condo buildings such as the Waldorf Astoria and Veer Towers are considered Mid Strip while Trump International and Sky Las Vegas are considered North Strip.
More About The Las Vegas Strip
Just north of Sahara Blvd., Las Vegas Blvd crosses into the actual CITY of Las Vegas. To the south, we have height restrictions from the airport. Am I implying that the Las Vegas Strip is NOT in Las Vegas? I’m not implying that, I’m saying it as a fact. The Las Vegas Strip is actually in unincorporated county. Am I implying that The Strat is not on The Strip? Correct, The Stratosphere is NOT on The Strip. BTW, once we get north of Sahara Blvd., zoning laws change making it harder to build high-rise. How did The Strat get approved? High-rise zoning isn’t impossible in this area, it’s rare.
Lastly, why don’t developers build further south once airport height restrictions change? For now, not enough demand. Sure, we have the M Resort Spa Casino and others, but nothing truly substantial when it comes to verticality. Additionally, I’d like to point out that some developers have flirted with trying to build 70-90 story towers on the North Strip! Could it ever happen? Who knows.