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Court to consider fate of Tutor Perini project

The Harmon Hotel tower (left) glows in the light of an electronic marquee along The Strip on Sunday in Las Vegas. The Nevada Supreme Court is about to hear arguments about the fate of the flawed hotel tower that was designed to be the centerpiece of MGM Resorts International's CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip, but never opened. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The fate of a flawed hotel at the glittery CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip will be argued before the Nevada Supreme Court.

Five justices are due to hear oral arguments Tuesday in Las Vegas about whether the 26-story Harmon Hotel tower should be demolished – and when.

The building has remained unused since the rest of the multi-building CityCenter development opened in December 2009.

The Harmon was designed to be 48 stories.

It was cut short when inspectors found flaws in reinforcing beams as lower floors were built.

Owner MGM Resorts International wants the structure torn down before a Clark County District Court jury begins hearing a nearly $500 million construction defect lawsuit next January.

Project general contractor Tutor Perini Corp. argues the building can be shored up. Perini is the parent company of Black River Falls, Wis.-based Lunda Construction Co.

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