Key vote needed before local casino breaks ground

WASHINGTON — A new Maryland casino will most likely get the “okay” Monday. The MGM Casino at National Harbor has one more hurdle to clear before construction can get underway.

The Prince George’s County Council hearing on July 13 is expected to vote and will most likely approve the application, which means construction would break ground within weeks and the casino doors would open by the summer of 2016.

The County Planning Board approved the project in May after residents complained about the lights and big outdoor video screens because they say it will disturb the neighborhood and distract drivers. But MGM Resorts International says those elements are essential to the building’s design.

Residents will likely voice their objections at the hearing on Monday but the county has strong support from local and state leaders to move the project forward.

The $1 billion casino will overlook the Potomac River and include 3,600 slots, a concert theater, a spa, and high-end retail stores.

The casino is projected to add about 4,000 jobs.

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