Major Bellagio Expansion Planned • This Week in Gambling

We have exciting news for Las Vegas Boulevard, as there are major plans for an extensive Bellagio expansion project involving new restaurants and retail shops! It seems the powers that run the resort have realized that they are not taking full advantage of their location in the center of The Strip, and the prime viewing opportunities presented by their water feature. Well, that’s about to change.

Known as Project Mojave in county planning documents, the Bellagio expansion will introduce a three-story plaza that extends from the hotel’s main entrance to Las Vegas Boulevard. Local architecture firm Marnell Architecture will handle the project. The existing elevated bridge connecting the Strip to the Bellagio appears slated for removal. However, any concerns over removing the fountain show would be unfounded, because… c’mon. They’re not stupid.

The expanded space will feature a blend of upscale retail shops and dining options, with indoor venues on the first two floors and an outdoor area on the third. On top, a rooftop area will house a 10,000-square-foot nightclub with a pool, offering stunning views of the Bellagio fountains and the Strip. Additionally, there are apparent intentions to construct pedestrian bridges linking to the Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood.

This Bellagio expansion initiative comes on the heels of a recent $110 million refurbishment of 819 guest rooms and 104 suites in the Spa Tower, with plans to similarly renovate 400 suites in the Bellagio tower later this year. While no official time table has been published for the work to begin, best guesses say it won’t be until after the big F1 race this fall… and “everyone” is looking forward to that.