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MGM provides first look at proposed National Harbor casino

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A 20 acre site overlooking National Harbor is where MGM wants to build its 800 million dollar casino, but, it hasn't won the right to do that, just yet.

First, MGM needs to win over the public and seven members of the video lottery facilities commission.That's part of the reason for Wednesday’s big reveal.

The focal point will be the 18 story luxury hotel tower. There will be open air terraces and parks.

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said the company knows what works in Vegas, won't work in here. And his team listened to the needs of this community.

“I heard loud and clear over the past year that what Prince George’s County wanted, needed, deserved is luxury retail, spas, great places to eat.”

Construction will employ 2 thousand workers. Once complete the casino and resort will have 4,000 permanent workers.

Two other companies are vying for the state's 6th casino license. Penn National hopes for a site at Rosecroft & Greenwood Racing is looking at a site in Ft. Washington.

Murren says only MGM can bring in the kind of entertainment and experiences that will complete National Harbor as a world class destination, while being true to Maryland’s culture.

The Maryland Lottery and gaming agency will do site visits and hold public hearings near the last week in October.

The goal is to award that coveted casino license by the end of the year.


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