Firm Wins Right To Put Mini-Casino In Lawrence County


SHE WAS TRAPPED IN THE HOME ON BEALE AVENUE. HER DAUGHTER WAS SENT TO THE HOSPITAL WITH BURNS TO HER HANDS. ANOTHER NEW CASINO IS COMING TO THE PITTSBURGH REGION. THE OWNERS OF A RESORT IN EASTERN P.A. HAS BEEN GRANTED THE STATE’S THIRD LICENSE. IT HIT THE JACKPOT WITH A $21 MILLION BID AND ARE EYEING UP A SPOT IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS. LANE HAYES-FREELAND IS LIVE WITH MORE ON THE PLANS. LYNN? Reporter: AND THERE IS A LOT OF CELEBRATING GOING ON HERE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY THIS EVENING BECAUSE AFTER NEARLY 14 YEARS, THE FOLKS WHO LIVE HERE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY FOUND OUT TODAY THEY ARE GETTING A MINI CASINO. LAST YEAR THE GOVERNOR CLEARED THE WAY FOR THESE MINI CASINOS TO POP UP ACROSS THE STATE. THEY ARE SMALLER. THEY CAN HOLD 750 SLOT MACHINES AND ABOUT 30 TABLE GAMES. A PLACE LIKE THAT CAN HAVE UP TO 5,000 SLOT MACHINES. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, A CASINO IS A CASINO. MOUNT AIRY RESORT CASINOS OF MONROE COUNTY WON THE BIDDING PROCESS TO OPEN A CASINO IN THIS AREA WHICH MEANS A LOT TO THIS COMMUNITY. JOBS, VISITORS AND THE HOPES OF RELATED BUSINESSES LIKE HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS. RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT CLEAR WHERE THE CASINO WILL BE LOCATED WITHIN THE COUNTY, BUT LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE PLENTY OF LAND TO CHOOSE FROM, BOTH GREEN SPACES AND EXISTING STRUCTURES THAT CAN BE RENOVATED. THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY IS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT POTENTIALLY WILL BE REACHED OR TOUCHED BY THE OPENING OF THIS MINI CASINO. LAWRENCE COUNTY IS SURROUNDED BY FIVE COUNTIES, THREE IN PENNSYLVANIA, MERCER, BUTLER, BEAVER, AND TWO IN OHIO. WHEN YOU TAKE THOSE FIVE COUNTIES’ POPULATIONS AND ADD LAWRENCE’S, YOU’VE GOT A MILLION PEOPLE. Reporter: AND, OF COURSE, YOU CAN ADD IN PLACES LIKE ALLEGHNEY COUNTY IN THAT NUMBER AS WELL. HOW SOON WILL THIS HAPPEN? RIGHT NOW WE DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WOULD OPEN, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT MOUNT AIRY RESORT PAID OVER

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