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Harmon Tower destruction debate returns to Vegas court

Reported by: Krystal Allan
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Updated: 6/03 1:49 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The back-and-forth debate over the Harmon Tower returns to court this morning.

The Harmon Tower was slated to open as a centerpiece of the $8.5 billion City Center Project on the Las Vegas Strip.

It's involved in a huge construction defect dispute between the builder Perini and resort owner MGM Resorts International.

Construction on the Harmon was cut short when inspectors found problem with steel reinforcements in the lower floors in 2008.

In July, as part of a pretrial hearing, a judge gave the go-ahead for casino giant MGM Resorts International to implode the partially built tower, which never opened.

But the judge's action doesn't mean it will be brought down any time soon.

Perini argues MGM wants the building to be redone at the builder's expense.

It pointed to problems with the designs, not its work.

It says any issues with the building could be fixed for around $20 million.

MGM, however, says it’s about shoddy work. It points to what those inspectors found as well as a finding from Clark County officials last year. It found the building posed an earthquake safety risk.

It says it means spending an additional $30 million to take down a $275 million investment.
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