There’s some tension surrounding the new plans for Moulin Rouge

This time, it will be different.

That’s the mantra for those hoping to successfully revitalize the Moulin Rouge in historic west Las Vegas after more than 60 years of failed development attempts.

“I’ve done some research on the other groups that tried to develop this site, and a lot of them have this sense of grandeur,” said Scott Johnson, a member of Moulin Rouge Holdings LLC.

Johnson plans to build the Moulin Rouge, set to open in 2019, in phases, starting with demolition of the remaining walls May 31, he said.

“And I want to use materials that are recycled on-site,” Johnson said. “I know what I’m doing. I’ve been here almost 30 years, and I’ve never not completed a project. I’m not looking to start now.”

That same determination is shared by Katherine Duncan, president of the Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce. The license plate on the back of her Honda Crosstour reads “M ROUGE.”

“We believe that the project will move forward without anymore glitches — this is the first the community’s ever been part of the development,” Duncan said, adding that the Ward 5 community has its own vibe.


“What makes us (west Las Vegas) different is we’re not Sin City. We’re the exact opposite of Sin City,” Duncan said. “We’ve got more churches per capita here than any place else in the world.”

Several surveys, although none is recent, have listed Las Vegas among the cities in the U.S. with the most churches per capita.

“Because we have such a strong vibrant church community, we thought we would market ourselves as, maybe, Soul City,” she said. “So over here, we wouldn’t expect pornography and all that adult stuff. It would be a family-friendly destination.”

The Moulin Rouge will serve as an economic engine for the area, bringing with its tourists much-needed funding for neighborhood revitalization.


“That’s why the community has to be part of the development, so we can make sure whatever happens in our neighborhood is culturally appropriate,” Duncan said. “I want to know what’s going to stop us. People these days don’t even think about black and whites being together.”

The original Moulin Rouge, Las Vegas’ first integrated casino, was closed by police action, Duncan said. “If that happened today, it would be considered a hate crime.”

At this rate, it won’t be the economy that stops the project.

“The tourism industry is at an all-time high, and that has contributed to increased demand for hotels and other tourism venues in Southern Nevada,” said Brian Gordon, who is a principal in local economic research firm Applied Analysis. “Some developers have identified this as a period that may be supportive of future development.”


But there is some tension between Duncan and Johnson. Duncan describes their relationship as “divisive,” and personal relationships in business tend to dictate project outcomes.

“This is the first time the community’s ever done it; all the other times it’s been one private developer trying to be a billionaire. Everybody wants to be a Donald Trump or a Steve Wynn, but I think the time is over to make one guy a billionaire,” Duncan said. “That’s what is happening with (vice president of Moulin Rouge Holdings) Gene Collins and Scott Johnson: They want to be billionaires all by themselves.”

“Frankly, I’m not sure what Ms. Duncan is doing (with the property), because their contract expired back in January. They couldn’t come up with the funding to close it, and we had the option to purchase,” Johnson said. “We’re in contract with the receiver. I have the contract.”

Duncan acknowledged Moulin Rouge Holdings is doing everything it can to be the sole owner of the property.

“I just told them yesterday that ‘I’m sorry to bust your balls, but the Moulin Rouge is bigger than Scott Johnson, it’s bigger than Gene Collins, it’s bigger than Katherine Duncan. It’s a community project and we have to work together to bring it forward, because it’s too big, it’s too important, and there’s so much support for the project. So, please don’t screw it up.’”

Both Duncan and Johnson said, though, that they are willing to work together.

Johnson said he shares Duncan’s vision of having the property be family-friendly and community-oriented.

If Johnson and Duncan decide to not work together, District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez will decide who will have main control over the project.

A previous version of this story referred to Scott Johnson as president of Moulin Rouge Holdings LLC. Boris London is the managing member, or president, of Moulin Rouge Holdings LLC.

Contact Nicole Raz at or 702-380-4512. Find @JournalistNikki on Twitter.

Holiday shopping and returns make this the busiest time of year for UPS
The UPS Las Vegas South facility is the company's busiest pre-load operation in the country, and it's even busier this time of year. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Primm’s outlet mall has fallen on hard times
The mall, attached to Primm Valley Resort, opened in 1998. Back then, it was a “textbook, perfect outlet-center location." But now, Primm’s outlet mall has fallen on hard times. Las Vegas Boulevard has endless shopping spots. And there are other outlet malls that don’t require a hefty drive to the state line. Its mortgage-holder foreclosed on the mall in late September.
Miltary auction at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Humvees, ammo cans, construction equipment, field gear and more is on the auction block Friday and Saturday at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. About 10,000 items in all are for sale in what GovPlanet bills as the largest auction of its kind.
Las Vegas residents discuss avoiding holiday scams
Las Vegas residents discuss their donation habits and how they avoid giving money to scam charities during the holiday season. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory ahead of economic impact expectations
The Tesla Gigafactory’s economic impact on Nevada has exceeded projections, bringing in more than 7,000 jobs. In 2014, Nevada agreed to give the automotive and energy company $1.3 billion in tax abatements. In return, Tesla promised to meet certain requirements in areas like employment and capital investment. As of June, Tesla has brought in a total of $6.05 billion in capital investment, surpassing the $4.95 billion projection. The original contract gave the company until 2024 to make $3.5 billion in capital investments in Nevada. Derek Armstrong, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Land sales near the Las Vegas Raiders stadium
Land around the Las Vegas stadium site has been selling for high prices. A few months before the stadium’s groundbreaking, Global Trust Group acquired a 2.5-acre parcel just north of the stadium site. The property sold for $7.25 million, or $2.9 million an acre. Osprey Real Estate Capital and Huntington Hotel Group acquired a 2-acre industrial site just west of the stadium site in late November. The property sold for $6.5 million, or $3.15 million per acre. That's roughly 12 times the average price of land in the valley this year as tracked by Colliers International.
T-Mobile Tech Experience Truck parks in Toshiba Plaza at T-Mobile Arena
The Tech Experience Truck is a state-of-the-art showroom on wheels, with demonstrations that put connected drones, smart cities, augmented/virtual reality and smart tracking. The exhibit shows new wireless technology – including 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Steve Siegel, CEO of the Siegel Group, speaks about helping families and other needy residents
Steve Siegel, CEO of the Siegel Group, speaks about helping families and other needy residents to keep them from teetering off into homelessness. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vrgas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Crowds camp out for Chick-fil-A opening
Dozens of customers camped out 24 hours ahead of the 6 a.m. Thursday opening of the new Chick-fil-A on Rainbow Blvd.
Cheapest listings for sale in Las Vegas
Listed for $39,990, 585 S. Royal Crest Circle, Unit #9 is one of the cheapest homes currently listed for sale in Las Vegas. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM's sports betting deals
MGM Resorts International signed a sports betting sponsorship agreement with the NBA in July It was the first professional sports league to have official ties with a legal sports betting house. The deal came just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting sports betting in most states. In October, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the NHL. In November, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the MLB. Financial terms of Tuesday’s deal and earlier partnerships have not been announced.
Terry Miller discusses Convention Center
Project Manager Terry Miller explains the phases of Convention Center construction.
Zappos treats their team members on Cyber Monday
Zappos rolls out a variety of food, drinks and special activities for all team members at their downtown Las Vegas headquarters for Cyber Monday. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Team Hybrid at the 2019-Model Motor Trend International Auto Show
Among the companies showing off the 2019 model cars, Team Hybrid shows off its modified cars. Las Vegas resident David David talks about the team, which is in its ninth year exhibiting at the show, and his show car.
Black Friday Shoppers at downtown Summerlin and at the Arsenal
Black Friday shoppers at downtown Summerlin and at the Arsenal. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfYe
Black Friday shopping in Las Vegas
Black Friday sale shopers express their shopping experience. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Las Vegas Livestock recycling Strip food waste
Las Vegas Livestock collects and recycles food from many Las Vegas Strip companies. (Nicole Raz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Black Friday at Fry's
Shoppers line up for deals early on Black Friday at Fry's Electronics on Las Vegas Boulevard South. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Black Friday shoppers at Best Buy at 5 am
Black Friday shoppers at Best Buy at 5 am on Nov. 23. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Black Friday - 1am Closing Time
Quiet night.
Black Friday - 12:30am - Best Buy Arroyo Crossing
Sam's Town Holiday Lighting Ceremony
On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, Mystic Falls Park opened with its annual tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Boyd Gaming Executive Chairman Bill Boyd. The attraction features a Winter Wonderland theme and holiday-inspired laser light show, available daily Nov. 23 to Jan. 1. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
What Is A Smart City?
George Karayannis, vice president of CityNow, Panasonic’s smart-city arm, explains. (Nicole Raz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Walmart uses virtual reality to train employees
Walmart Academy Facilitator demonstrates the VR training program being used by Walmart stores across the country.
With holidays around the corner, department stores hiring extra staff
J.C. Penny hired 72 seasonal workers this year at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson in order to handle the heavy traffic of the holiday shopping season. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Startup Weekend fosters new businesses
With the help of entrepreneurial peers and an expert panel of mentors, Techstars Startup Weekend fosters the ideas of attendees into marketable business plans. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mecum Car Auction in Las Vegas
The Mecum Auctions is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Construction underway for new Google Data Center
Henderson is slated to be home to a new Google data center in December 2020. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development approved $25.2 million in tax abatements for Design LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google. The company plans to build the data center on 64 acres of land on Warm Springs Road west of Boulder Highway.
Anthony Rufo talks about his new product, an in-home digital companion and monitor.
Anthony Rufo talks about his new product, HAPPIE Home technology, an in-home digital companion and monitor designed for unpaid family caregivers that gives personalized alerts, messages and reminders. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Holiday parades help bring shoppers to Downtown Summerlin
Sports Town USA floor manager Angela Gardonio talks about the work that goes into the Downtown Summerlin holiday parades and how they benefit her and other businesses there.
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like