Cordish Companies to Build $130-Million Mini-Casino in Pennsylvania – Casino News Daily

Cordish Companies presented a plan for a $130-million casino with 750 slot machines and 30 table games at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township

While few details had previously been released about a proposed mini-casino in Pennsylvania’s Hempfield Township, representatives from Cordish Companies (and its affiliate Stadium Casinos LLC) presented earlier this week their plan for the facility during a hearing before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Cordish CFO Travis Lamb said during a 45-minute presentation before regulators that it was their main goal to create “a complete entertainment destination.”

Early this year, Cordish paid a $40-million license fee, seeking a gaming license to establish and operate a mini-casino in Hempfield Township. It then bought the two-level, 100,000-square-foot shuttered Bon-Ton store at Westmoreland Mall where it intends to open the facility. The company submitted its full license application with the Gaming Control Board this fall.

During this week’s presentation, the company said that the venue would include a gaming floor with 750 slot machines and around 30 table games as well as a 2,500-square-foot food and beverage area and a two-story bar. Mr. Lamb said that the bar would create a “wow effect” for visitors.

Cordish currently owns Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Maryland, among multiple other properties. Representatives for the company said that the Westmoreland casino will very much resemble their Maryland property, but while in Maryland they had to build something from the ground, their Hempfield development will require retrofitting the casino into an existing establishment.

Economic Impact

Cordish plans to invest $131 million in the Westmoreland Mall casino. The company said during this week’s presentation that they expect the amount of $81 million to be released as a direct output to the state and local communities. An additional $7 million would be generated for the local community

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