by Michael J. Shapiro | June 01, 2016

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will oversee the implosion of the Monaco Tower on the Riviera Hotel & Casino site on June 14 at 2 a.m., the organization announced today. The Monte Carlo Tower will be taken down later this summer.

The implosion marks a major step forward in the LVCVA's demolition of the Riviera, which the authority purchased last year to create space for the Las Vegas Convention Center District. That project will include the expansion and renovation of the convention center itself, which eventually will have a presence on the Strip at the site of the former Riviera. The LVCVA already has promised outdoor exhibition space on that site to the organizers of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, which takes place early next March and will feature massive construction and agricultural vehicles and equipment.

The expansion project likely will generate 7,000 construction jobs and 6,000 full-time permanent positions.