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LVCVA Okays Demolition Of The Riviera For Next Year

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority voted unanimously today to demolish the 60 year old Riviera hotel-casino as soon as feasible, most likely in early to mid-2016.

How the building will be demolished hasn't been decided. Once the Riv is down, the the 26-acre site will be used to provide outside exhibit space until the group can raise the $2.3 billion or so it needs to expand its convention center.

The LVCVA bought the Riviera for $182.5 million in February.  It’s no longer open for business, but police, firefighters and others have been using it for training.    

Jay Bartos joined Nevada Public Radio in 1993 to develop and manage the state’s first radio reading service for people unable to use standard printed material due to blindness or another disability. After the reading service was discontinued in 2011, he became the afternoon host on KNPR for ten years. Jay can now be heard on air on News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV throughout the week.