September 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court is about to hear arguments about the fate of a flawed hotel tower that was designed to be the centerpiece of MGM Resorts International's glittery CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip, but never opened.
The question before five justices at a Tuesday hearing in Las Vegas could decide whether the 26-story Harmon Hotel tower is demolished - and when.
MGM Resorts wants the structure torn down before a Clark County District Court jury begins hearing a nearly $500 million construction defect lawsuit next January.
Project general contractor Tutor Perini Corp. argues that demolishing the tower before trial would prevent the civil court jury from seeing work that was completed - and hurt the company's case by leaving the impression the building was unsafe.