Judge Gives OK to Raze Unfinished Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas

A Nevada state judge gave the go-ahead Thursday for casino giant MGM Resorts International to implode a flawed hotel tower that was partially built but never opened as the centerpiece of the glittering $8.5 billion CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip.

Counsel for project general contractor Tutor Perini Corp. said the firm would appeal the decision.

"Essentially, your honor, MGM wants a do-over at Perini's expense," protested Attorney George Ogilvie, representing Perini. "Allowing MGM to demolish that building is allowing MGM to bury its mistakes."

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