Mini Casino Coming To Westmoreland Mall

Mini Casino Coming To Westmoreland Mall


AND A JURY WILL DECIDE THE NCAA’S FATE. IT’S THE FIRST ALS AND FOOTBALL- RELATED TRIAL IN THE COUNTRY. AN OLD DEPARTMENT STORE IS BEING TORN DOWN TO MAKE WAY FOR A NEW MINI CASINO IN THE WESTMORELAND MALL. WHEN IT’S DONE, IT WILL HAVE HUNDREDS OF SLOT MACHINES AND DOZENS OF TABLE GAMES. ROSS GUIDOTTI IS LIVE TONIGHT WITH DETAILS ON HOW THE DEMOLITION IS GOING. HEY, ROSS. Reporter: HI, DAVID. YEAH, IT’S BEEN ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF OR SO SINCE THIS IDEA CAME FORWARD AND THE STATE APPROVED THIS MINI CASINO AND NOW IT’S A MATTER OF DEMOLISHING AN OLD DEPARTMENT STORE, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE WE SPOKE TO SAID THEY WANT SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST A BUNCH OF TABLE GAMES AND SLOTS. WHAT ONCE WAS THE BONTON INSIDE THE WESTMORELAND MALL LOOKS MORE LIKE A GIANT GRAY BRICK WALL, BEHIND THE BARRIER THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE FORMER RETAIL STORE. I THINK IT’S FINE. I DON’T HAVE ANY OBJECTION TO IT. Reporter: JANUARY OF 2018 THE STATE AWARDED STADIUM CASINO LLC A LICENSE TO BUILD THE $131 MILLION MINI CASINO INSIDE THE ONE TIME MALL ANCHOR STORE. I UNDERSTAND IT WILL BRING IN A LOT OF JOBS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OVER 400 PERMANENT JOBS, ANOTHER COUPLE HUNDRED PART-TIME JOBS. Reporter: CORNISH COMPANY IS THE DEVELOPER SET TO TURN THE OLD OUTSIDE OF THE BONTON INTO THIS. INSIDE WILL LOOK APPARENTLY LIKE THIS ACCORDING TO AN ARTIST RENDERING. 750 SLOT MACHINES, 30 TABLE GAMES, MOST FOLKS WE SPOKE TO SAY THE DEVELOPER SHOULD ALSO MAKE SURE IT’S JUST MORE THAN AN ARCADE FOR ADULTS. I THINK THAT THEY COULD TURN THAT AREA INTO A REALLY NICE FAMILY WEEKEND DESTINATION, YOU KNOW. MAYBE THEY SHOULD THROW IN ONE OF THOSE REALLY BIG INDOOR POOLS. I AGREE WITH THAT. THERE DEFINITELY SHOULD BE, YOU KNOW, RESTAURANTS AND SOME OTHER ENTERTAINMENT. Reporter: HOWEVER, ONE SHOPPER WE SPOKE TO MADE IT PRETTY CLEAR THE BEST THING THEY CAN DO WHEN IT COMES TO THE MINI CASINO IS NOT BUILD IT AT ALL. I THINK CASINOS JUST ROB PEOPLE OF THEIR MONEY. THEY’RE JUST THROWING THEM UP EVERYWHERE. THEY AREN’T EVEN TELLING PEOPLE REALLY ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING, WHAT’S GOING ON. Reporter: BUT THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE MEETINGS AS FOR THE OVERALL IDEA OF THE MINI CASINO, BUT NOW THE IDEA OF WHAT’S GOING TO GO INTO THE MINI CASINO, THE DESIGN AND VARIOUS THINGS, THOSE MEETINGS ARE IN THE OFFING ACCORDING TO THE DEVELOPER.

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