Gaming board holds hearing for proposed mini-casino in Westmoreland County – Observer-Reporter

Representatives from Cordish Companies (Stadium Casinos LLC) had released little information on a proposed mini-casino at Westmoreland Mall, but on Wednesday offered a 45-minute summary of their plans

Travis Lamb, CFO of Cordish Gaming, said the private, family-owned company aims to create “a complete entertainment destination” at the mall.

“(It) will be inclusive of great gaming, entertainment, dining and shopping experiences that will excite the customer base,” he said during a hearing before the state’s Gaming Control Board at the Hempfield Municipal Building.

Lamb said another one of the company’s projects, Maryland Live! Casino, was built into Maryland’s largest retail mall and welcomes 18 million visitors every year. Lamb said there’s a lot of synergy between the two projects, although the Maryland development was new construction, while this development will require retrofitting the mini-casino into the existing former Bon-Ton store.

The company acquired the 100,000-square-foot store at the south end of mall and intends to build a two-story development, with the casino located on the main floor. Lamb said it will include 750 slot machines and table games on that level. Major casino functions, such as the casino cage, warehouse space, player’s club and promotion space, will also be located on the main floor.

Lamb said they also anticipate having a 2,500-square-foot food and beverage area and a two-story feature bar that will provide a “wow experience” for customers. In addition to the secured main entrance, Lamb said he anticipates a second secured connection entrance to the mall, at least temporarily.

“We develop first-class facilities,” said Lamb. “I expect a continuation of that with this Westmoreland Mall project.”

He said the development will be a sports entertainment complex, with games such

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