Construction begins on old Mesquite Star

It’s a day Mesquite has been waiting on for more than a decade.

Construction signs at the old Mesquite Star mark a new beginning for the property on Sandhill Boulevard at the I-15 Exit 122. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Construction signs at the old Mesquite Star mark a new beginning for the property on Sandhill Boulevard at the I-15 Exit 122. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Dumpsters, trucks and heavy equipment are a positive sign of the re-vitalization of the Mesquite Star that has been an eyesore in the city for more than a decade. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Dumpsters, trucks and heavy equipment are a positive sign of the re-vitalization of the Mesquite Star that has been an eyesore in the city for more than a decade. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

On Tuesday, the Lee family confirmed to Mesquite Local News that it plans to remodel and reopen the hotel formerly known as the Mesquite Star as a non-gaming hotel. Construction and remodeling began on Monday on the facility located on Sandhill Boulevard adjacent to the I-15 Exit 122.

The announcement comes after months of work in partnership with the City of Mesquite, Mesquite Regional Business and State of Nevada to pave the way for Mesquite’s first new resort opening in more than a decade.

“We’re excited to get people working on the project. We’ll have much more to share about our visions and hopes for the property in the coming weeks. I’d like to thank the local community and everyone who has helped bring us to this point. We hope the project will be a welcomed and meaningful addition to the Mesquite community and economy,” said Andre Carrier, the property’s  chief operating officer.

The Mesquite Star was constructed in the late 1990s as a hotel casino but was shuttered just two years later. Randy Black, of Black Gaming and later Mesquite Gaming, purchased the property shortly after but never re-opened the building. Mesquite Gaming sold the Star to the Lee family, which owns the Eureka Casino Hotel in early 2013.

The Eureka Casino sign can be seen from the back of the old Mesquite Star Hotel Casino that began remodeling and re-construction this week. Eureka is the owner of the old property that marks Mesquite's first new resort opening in more than a decade. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

The Eureka Casino sign can be seen from the back of the old Mesquite Star Hotel Casino that began remodeling and re-construction this week. Eureka is the owner of the old property that marks Mesquite’s first new resort opening in more than a decade. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Carrier said more details about the property will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Comments

  1. It’s finally happening! Thank you Eureka for taking initiative on this eyesore! Now I hope City Council and officials didn’t give you a hard time on this project. The Lee family needs to be recognized immensely for doing so much for our city.

  2. Hope they allow a few slots in the lobby of this soon to be renovated casino.

  3. Ann 's. Comments says:

    Thanks Mr . Lee for improving the star and putting it to good use, and thanks for doing so much for our community.

  4. Should they move Gregory’s there? That would be cool 🙂

  5. Mikey ViP says:

    Congratulations to the Lee family and Eureka family as well the city of Mesquite, anything that has to do with Andre and Greg will be nothing less than quality and a great place to visit. I hope they need music in there..

  6. As someone who has been coming to Mesquite 1-2 times a year on vacation, and as someone who is seriously considering moving to Mesquite, I am really glad to see movement on this property. It’s most likely a sign of improving economic conditions, which is something everyone can rejoice over! Eureka is our casino/hotel of choice when we’re in Mesquite and I expect to see a first class venue open there. It would be nice to see a large casino floor with many slots, which is something which attracts retirees and working folks alike, as well as some nice restaurants, a first class buffet and of course a grand hotel with family activities aplenty. From the management and maintenance of Eureka, I’ confident that this new venue will be a gemstone in Mesquite’s crown!

  7. I hope they do something to improve the looks of that place. The cheap siding and flimsy bell towers always made it look like a pyromaniac’s dream.

    We always thought it should have been an outlet mall. Or Costco.

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