Expanding gambling continues to move forward in Maryland

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - Expanded gambling in Maryland continues to move forward in a big way.

MGM Resorts International is unveiling the design of a proposed casino near the nation's capital.

The company is scheduled to provide an update on its bid to develop what has been described as an $800 million facility at National Harbor.

Maryland voters approved gambling expansion in November to allow table games and a casino in Prince George's County.

MGM Resort International's chief executive officer has described plans to build a luxurious and architecturally unimposing casino and hotel. Jim Murren, who is scheduled to talk about the design, said in a November interview that he envisioned an elegant building with glass, brick and stone.

Two other companies – Penn National Gaming (Rosecroft) and Greenwood Racing (Parx) – also have applied for the casino license in Prince George's County. State officials say they hope to designate the winner the end of the year.

To assist with the process, the Maryland's Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (VLFLC) will conduct site visits and hold public comment sessions for Prince George's slots facility operation license proposals.

Penn National Gaming will present on Oct. 21, followed by Greenwood Racing on Oct. 23 and MGM on Oct. 25. On each of the three days, the Commission's schedule will be as follows:

  • 2 p.m.: Tour of the proposed facility location
  • 3:30 p.m.: Applicant presentation to Commission
  • 6 p.m.: Public hearing (including brief public presentation by applicant)

The applicant presentation and public hearing will be held at Friendly High School, located at 10000 Allentown Road in Fort Washington. Individuals interested in speaking to the Commission are encouraged to sign up to testify before the hearing. Witness sign-up sheets will also be available at the hearing location by 4:30 p.m. the day of the hearing. Additional guidelines for public testimony will be available at the Commission's website .

This comes as construction continues to move forward on the new Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

The new casino sits along Russell Street just south of M&T Bank Stadium. Developers are hoping to open it by next year.

When completed, the $400 million development will be the second largest casino in Maryland with a 122,000 square foot gaming floor. The multi-million development will feature slot machines, table games and a World Series of Poker room. In addition there will be a 20,000-square-foot "Baltimore Marketplace" featuring authentic Charm City food outlets, three premier restaurants and several bars and lounges.

Other casinos in the state include Maryland Live! adjacent to Arundel Mills in Hanover, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, the Casino at Ocean Downs in Ocean City and the Rocky Gap Casino resort in western Maryland. The casinos generated a combined $71 million for the state in August, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.



 

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