Atlantis To Expand

Expansion Announced
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The parent firm of Atlantis Casino Resort has announced plans for a $50 million expansion that includes a proposed pedestrian sky bridge to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Monarch Casino and Resort Inc. unveiled the plans Tuesday at its annual shareholders meeting, where CEO John Farahi said a walkway over Peckham Lane to the convention center across the street makes good business sense and would benefit convention goers.

"The time is right for this company to expand," Farahi said. "Nearly every city you go to in the U.S. has a convention hotel next door to the convention center, and it typically is connected. It makes sense."

Farahi said the entire project includes added casino and convention space, a new race and sports book, and other upgrades. Once construction starts, completion will take about a year.

The casino expansion was approved by the city as part of the company's 1998 master plan, Farahi said.

However, the bridge and skywalk connecting the convention center and hotel-casino, will first need approval from the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority board of directors. Farahi is a member of that board.