No temple yet, but Buddhist group objects to Monorail sale
A few years ago, some vacant real estate near the Strip was purchased by an unlikely buyer for the gambling-packed, booze-soaked tourist corridor: a California Buddhist group.
The religious organization still hasn’t built its envisioned temple, but it has been throwing its weight around in court.
The World Buddhism Association Headquarters, owner of a big parking lot behind the Sahara Las Vegas, has filed court papers objecting to the proposed sale of Las Vegas’ bankrupt, privately owned monorail system, which has a station at its property. This follows the religious group’s lawsuit two years ago against the monorail’s operator and the neighboring casino owner over certain upkeep responsibilities for the station.
It’s unclear how, or if, the group’s actions in Las Vegas Monorail Co.’s bankruptcy case will affect the transit system’s planned $24 million sale to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, let alone the system’s ability to resume operations anytime soon. Monorail management suspended service in March when Las Vegas was rapidly shutting down over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
But the Buddhist group’s filings show that, while it hasn’t started building its house of worship, it hasn’t shied away from going to court over the monorail facilities at its property.
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