Mini-Casino Coming To Lawrence Co.

Mini-Casino Coming To Lawrence Co.


J ANOTHER NEW CASINO IS COMING TO THE PITTSBURGH AREA. THE OWNERS OF A RESORT IN EASTERN P.A. HAS BEEN GRANTED THE STATE’S THIRD MINI CASINO LICENSE. BUT NOT NERVE THE AREA FEELS LIKE THEY HIT THE JACKPOT. DAVID HIGHFIELD IS LIVE WITH MORE. DAVID? Reporter: SUSAN AND KEN, THIS IS DEFINITELY GOOD NEWS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR A CASINO IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, REALLY FOR YEARS NOW. FIRST IT WAS A RACETRACK CASINO. NOW IT IS A MINI CASINO. BUT WE ASKED PEOPLE TONIGHT WHETHER THEY THINK THIS IS A WIN-WIN OR IF THEY THINK MAYBE IT IS A BIT OF A GAMBLE. WHILE THE EXACT LOCATION HASN’T BEEN MADE PUBLIC OR PERHAPS EVEN DECIDED ON YET, IT LOOKS LIKE NEW CASTLE WILL GET A MINI CASINO SOMEWHERE WITHIN 15 MILES OF THE CITY. I THINK IT WILL BE A GOOD IDEA. IT WILL BRING SOME JOBS IN, GET SOME MONEY COMING INTO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY AREA. YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO BRING MORE STUFF INTO THE DOWN. IT IS GOING DEAD, DEAD, DEAD. Reporter: SENIORS WOULD LIKE IT. WHAT ABOUT YOU? ME, PERSONALLY, I DON’T GO TO ANY CASINOS, BUT I KNOW MY FRIENDS WOULD ALL LOVE IT. Reporter: MOUNT ERREY IN THE POCONOS SUBMITTED A WINNING BID FOR THE LICENSE, JUST UNDER $21 MILLION. THE MINI CASINO COULD HAVE UP TO 750 SLOTS AND UP TO 40 TABLE GAMES. TO COMPARE, THE RIVERS CASINO IN PITTSBURGH CAN HAVE UP TO 5,000 SLOTS. SOME PEOPLE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY AREN’T SURE IF A MINI CASINO IS A GOOD MOVE. I THINK IT WOULD BE A BAD IDEA FOR LIKE MY GENERATION AGE. Reporter: WHY IS THAT? JUST BECAUSE ALL OF THE STUFF THAT GUESS ON AROUND HERE, JUST LIKE THE BADNESS AND FEEL LIKE IT WOULD START PROBLEMS. WHAT I WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT IS THE TYPE OF PEOPLE COMING AROUND MAYBE. Reporter: THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER IS NOT WORRIED AT ALL. FIRST AND FOREMOST, IT WILL MEAN JOBS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC ENHANCEMENT. Reporter: HE POINTS TO THE DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE MEADOWS CASINO. I AM HOPING WE CAN SEE A REPRESENT CASE OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY WITH THE MEADOWS. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF GROWTH AROUND THE MEADOWS. Reporter: OKAY. AS FAR AS A POSSIBLE LOCATION, HE SAYS THIS ARE DEFINITELY GREEN SPACES AVAILABLE. THERE ARE ALSO EXISTING BUILDINGS THAT COULD BE RENOVATED TO CREATE A CASINO. HE SAYS HE IS ANXIOUS TO TALK TO THE MOUNT AIRY FOLKS ABOUT

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