August 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge has granted permission for owners of the CityCenter development to demolish a flawed, half-built hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip.
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled Friday, after development owners completed a fourth phase of testing on the Harmon Hotel tower. CityCenter officials say demolition could happen within a year.
The Harmon was supposed to be a 48-story-tall component of the glittery $8.5 billion CityCenter project that opened in December 2009.
But inspectors found construction flaws that CityCenter consultants say could cause the building to collapse in a strong earthquake.
A trial is set for 2014 to decide whether the company or contractor Tutor Perini Building Co. is responsible for $400 million in damage claims.
Lawyers for Tutor Perini didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
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